Following Republicans’ filibuster of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act yesterday — the fourth filibuster this year of federal voting rights legislation — Senate Democrats are making the case for filibuster reform. Notably, moderate Democrats and former skeptics of reform are among the most vocal and animated voices now calling to address the filibuster to pass voting rights and democracy bills.
This afternoon, Republicans filibustered the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation to restore core elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the conservative Supreme Court has gutted.
Today, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a New York law that includes strict limitations on carrying a firearm outside of one’s home, Fix Our Senate, a coalition representing 85 organizations and tens of millions of members across the country, highlighted the urgent need for Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster as an obstacle to common-sense gun laws.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate will vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation to restore core elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the conservative Supreme Court has gutted.
Today, as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the dangerous and harmful Texas abortion ban, Fix Our Senate, a coalition representing 85 organizations representing tens of millions of members across the country, highlighted the urgent need for Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster as an obstacle to abortion access across the country.
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.