We’ve been working hard to hold our legislators’ feet to the fire on tax fairness and maintaining and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
Imagine, though, if we would have been able to get these important issues resolved months ago — or at least had legislators on record so voters knew where they stood on these issues before the elections.
Well, we now have a chance to make that happen — to fix a major reason that gridlock’s taken over Washington, D.C. The Senate is considering a filibuster reform bill that would change the rules to make it once again a tool of empowerment, rather than just a cheap scare tactic.
Pick up the phone right now and call 1-866-937-5062 to urge your senators to support Senate rules reform.
Leave a comment below and let us know your Senator’s position.
For too long now, the filibuster has been misused and abused. It used to be an important tool to give the Senate minority a voice. But not anymore.
Congress has stopped legislating effectively, with senators using ridiculous dodge tactics to block real progress on bills that would create good jobs, end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%, stop rewarding companies that outsource jobs and other important legislative initiatives.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and extreme legislators in the Senate made a “gentlemen’s agreement” before the start of the last legislative session that they wouldn’t abuse the filibuster to block debate on bills.
But that promise was quickly broken, and over the last two years more motions were made to prevent bills from being openly debated than during any other congressional session in history.
Right now, all it takes is a handful of senators to stop the rest from making progress. With reform, we can restore the filibuster to its original purpose. But we’ve got to stand up and fight for that reform.
Call 1-866-937-5062 and tell your senators you support Senate rules reform, including returning to a talking filibuster, and they should, too.
After your call, leave a report back on how your call went in the comments below!