Today, Fix Our Senate released a comprehensive report, “A Lethal Weapon: The Filibuster as an Obstacle to Gun Violence Prevention,” which exclusively ran in The Trace’s Daily Bulletin this morning.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today told radio host Hugh Hewitt that, should Republicans retake control of the U.S. Senate, it will be “highly unlikely” he would allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024.
Today, in the The Washington Post, Senator Jacky Rosen from Nevada expressed support for eliminating the filibuster to protect democracy and voting rights.
Today, after Senate Republicans filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act, Sen. Patty Murray’s bill to help address the gender pay gap in America, Fix Our Senate and Supermajority released the below statements calling on Democrats to finally eliminate the filibuster.
Stating “[w]e cannot allow the filibuster to stand in the way of progress or imperil the health of our democracy,” more than 100 organizations representing millions of Americans today sent in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), calling on Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster.
Following the Senate Republican filibuster of the bipartisan Jan. 6 commission, Fix Our Senate launched a new six-figure nationwide ad campaign reminding voters that if Senate Republicans and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will filibuster a bipartisan commission to investigate an attack on their own workplace, they will do the same to every other piece of major legislation that comes to the floor.
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.
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.