Thursday, December 9, 2010

Filibuster reform - It's time.

Common Cause - Holding Power Accountable


Unemployment insurance for laid-off workers... Medical compensation for 9/11 first responders... An arms control treaty with support from both sides of the political aisle... A path to citizenship for students brought to the United States at a young age... Disclosure of the sources of secret money in campaigns... Paycheck fairness...

All of these measures – and dozens of others – have been blocked from coming up for a vote in the Senate (and in some cases, from even coming up for debate) by the filibuster.

It's clear that the rules that govern the Senate no longer work, and it's time for change.

Sign the petition today calling on incoming Senators to reform the filibuster!

Sign the Petition Now!

The Senate has gone from being the world's greatest deliberative body to the world's most obstinate body.

But that can change.

The fact is that the modern filibuster has never been part of the Constitution or any law. It's not even in the original rules of the Senate. It's simply a parliamentary gimmick that's become popular as an easy way to stifle debate rather than extend it, and to block compromise rather than encourage it.

The Senate can and should change its rules at the start of the 112th Congress in January so that the minority's right to a full debate is protected, but the majority is allowed to work its will. The filibuster, at least as currently practiced, is unconstitutional and un-American. 

With so many serious issues facing our country, we can't afford two more years of blocks and obstructionism in the Senate.

Sign the petition today calling on incoming Senators to reform the filibuster!

Sign the Petition Now!

Thanks for all you do.


Bob Edgar
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

P.S. Did you know that in America's early days, a filibuster was a pirate – "filibustero" in the original Spanish – a soldier of fortune who plundered foreign lands without his government's consent. Read more about the history of the filibuster in my latest piece on Huffington Post, and leave a comment letting me know what you think. 

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