One hundred days, two critical votes

Day 1 of 100

Within the next 100 days, two extraordinarily important votes will take place. While the results are difficult to predict, it's already clear they will have a profound impact on the future of our country.

Sometime soon, the Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of a new Supreme Court Justice, a decision that will alter the balance of the Court. And on November 6th, the most consequential mid-term elections in recent history will be held, and these elections will determine control of Congress. Together, these decisions will set our nation's course for generations to come.

I cannot overstate the importance of these votes to me personally, to my constituents, and to our country. I'll be spending the next 100 days working as hard as I can to bring about the best possible outcome for our country.

Let me be clear about where I stand. I do not wish to see the Supreme Court shift in a direction opposed by the vast majority of the American people. And I demand that those who gain power by illegitimate means must be held accountable by Congress. I seek to prevent the choice of a new Justice until after the Mueller investigation is completed, and I view the upcoming mid-term elections as a crucial opportunity for us to re-establish our priorities as a nation.

I cannot be certain either of these votes will go as I hope. To quote our first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, these things are "more to be wished than expected." But I believe it's possible to prevail if we as Americans are willing to stand up for our rights and the values we believe in at the ballot box, as we always have.

This blog will serve as a way for me to ensure that my constituents know about the actions I'm taking, to keep everyone informed about the opportunities and the obstacles that lie ahead, and to let you know what you can do to help.

By reporting on what I'm seeing, and what I and my colleagues are doing, and highlighting when and where we need help, I hope this blog will contribute to our country making wise decisions over the course of the next 100 days. I have faith that democracy and the will of the people can prevail. 

As a nation, we are facing a challenge. When we look back on what we did during these 100 days, will we be proud?