Right now, Senate Democrats have the numbers to reform the filibuster and pass their agenda — but the question is, do they have the courage?
The legislative filibuster’s arbitrary 60-vote requirement has stopped even the most common-sense, bipartisan agreements from becoming law. Historically, it’s been instrumental in blocking popular legislation on civil rights, immigration reform, climate action, and more.
The filibuster did not exist when the Senate was first established, and in recent decades it’s been modified 161 times. In 2017, Mitch McConnell amended the filibuster so he could pack the Supreme Court — allowing Trump to appoint three extreme justices during his term.
The Democratic majority in Congress was elected to pass popular, necessary legislation to make Americans’ lives better. The filibuster is an antiquated, anti-democratic tool to hold back that progress, and it must be removed. We can’t afford to waste any more time.
We aren’t interested in excuses. We want results. Democrats in the Senate now must choose between keeping the filibuster or keeping their promises. It’s that simple.
Urge your senators to end the filibuster so we can strengthen our democracy and deliver results.