Today, Senator Kyrsten Sinema commented on her opposition to getting rid of the filibuster at an event with Sen. John Cornyn in Texas, where the Republican state legislature is attempting to pass the most restrictive voter suppression legislation in the country.
Last Friday following the first filibuster of this Congress, CNN published an op-ed by Fix Our Senate spokesman Eli Zupnick calling on Senate Democrats to do away with the filibuster to safeguard democracy and pass the For the People Act.
Following the Senate Republicans filibuster of legislation to create a bipartisan commission investigating the January 6 insurrection, Indivisible, Fix Our Senate, and 56 organizations representing millions of people across the country released the following statement calling on Senate Democrats to finally eliminate the filibuster:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today announced his opposition to legislation that would establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
On a Fix Our Senate virtual town hall event held last night viewed by over 200K people, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined advocates and civil rights leaders for a discussion, “Protect Our Democracy or Protect the Filibuster.”
Today, the Senate Rules Committee will hold a markup of S.1, the For the People Act. This historic legislation would protect, defend, and expand voting rights and make necessary electoral and democratic reforms across the country.
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.