Following today’s failed vote to change the Senate rules and institute a talking filibuster, Fix Our Senate released the following statement from spokesman Eli Zupnick.
The following is a statement from Eli Zupnick, spokesperson for Fix Our Senate, previewing a consequential week in the U.S. Senate:
Ahead of historic votes on filibuster reform and voting rights, Fix Our Senate released the following statement as President Biden meets with Senate Democrats and other Democratic leaders add to the momentum and pressure to put voting rights and democracy ahead of an abused Senate rule:
Today, Fix Our Senate released the following statement from spokesman Eli Zupnick in response to Sen. Sinema’s floor speech on Senate rules.
Today, in a powerful speech in Georgia, President Biden called for the Senate to reform the filibuster in order to pass voting rights.
On Tuesday, President Biden will deliver a voting rights speech in Georgia that is expected to call for Senate Democrats to reform the filibuster. The following is a statement from Eli Zupnick, spokesperson for Fix Our Senate:
A poll commissioned by Fix Our Senate and conducted by Global Strategy Group found that 43% of registered voters in West Virginia see the filibuster as a way to create more gridlock.
Unless Democrats take steps to reform or eliminate the filibuster, McConnell can use this obstructionist weapon to block the For the People Act
President Biden’s legislative ambitions face a crucial test in the narrowly divided Congress this month, with key Democratic senators signaling they want to pump the brakes.
Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism.
Gun control groups are joining the progressive fight to end the filibuster as the Senate voting rule threatens their goal of passing comprehensive gun reform.
This brief will explore the racist history of the filibuster, how it came to be used as it is today, and outline this history specifically through the lens of gun violence prevention, cataloging legislation that has been impeded by the use of the filibuster, obstructing progress toward safer communities and fewer needless tragedies.
The filibuster is a procedural tool of the Senate that delays or prevents a piece of legislation from being brought to a vote. It is a vestige of a deal made to appeal to segregationists and has historically been used to block passage of civil rights legislation.