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U.S. Senate: Filibuster Reform
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U.S. Senate: Filibuster Reform

    1. Jim Sadler
    2. Petition by

      Jim Sadler

      Granby, MA

Because of the 2012 election outcome we now have enough votes to pass filibuster reform in the Senate. There is a narrow window of opportunity for this to happen in early January 2013, but it will require political will to get the job done.

We need to let our Senators know how important we feel this reform is. Please sign this petition immediately and then share it. We have less than two months to send a message to the Senate.

The filibuster is an essential tool, but it has been seriously abused and is in need of reform. The burden should fall on those employing the tactic. Instead, the burden has gradually shifted to the Senate majority seriously impairing their ability to legislate effectively.

Progressives' job number one in 2012 is to first repair the broken infrastructure of our government which has been subject to abuse for too long by extremist politics. Filibuster reform is a good first step in that direction.

"Fili-what", you ask?

In the film 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', Jefferson Smith was running out the clock to prevent bad legislation from going through. The filibuster is a legal way to obstruct a vote in the Senate, but as you can see, it comes at great cost since the speaker must stand and continue to talk without leaving the room for however long it takes to prevent a vote. These days it takes 60 votes to override a filibuster, not always the case, so, if there are not enough votes and a filibuster is threatened, the vote is automatically tabled to avoid the delay of an actual filibuster. The minority party has been voting as a block and last year threatened to filibuster over a hundred bills, leading to a do nothing congress. So, in contrast to Mr. Smith, the minority party is ruling the Senate without uttering a word. This is abuse that has to stop and can be accomplished by changing the Senate rules. Enough Senators have to sign on in order for this to happen. So please sign this petition and contact your Senators so we can get things done.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Filibuster a priority for a green future

      Jim Sadler
      Petition Organizer
      Senate filibuster reform atop green group priorities - The Hill's E2-Wire

      Green groups said Wednesday that they plan to make Senate rules reform to limit filibusters one of their top priorities heading into next Congress. The organizations said they succeeded in their campaign strategy of electing Senate allies as a buffer against legislation from the GOP-dominated House.

    3. Senate still short on votes. They need our support.

      Jim Sadler
      Petition Organizer
      Dems short on votes for filibuster reform - The Hill

      Democrats don't have the 51 votes they need in the Senate to change filibuster rules that could make it harder for the GOP minority to wield power in the upper chamber. Lawmakers leading the charge acknowledge they remain short, but express optimism they'll hit their goal.

    4. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 9 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i support the Mary Burke Wisconsin Democrats. ))

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      who signed the

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 9 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i support the Mary Burke Wisconsin Democrats. ))

      (( i support the Amanda Renteria California Democrats. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( illinois won on the Marriage Equal Rights Debate

      so illinois will have marriage for all adults. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.burkeforwisconsin.com/

      Wisconsin Democrats ))

      (( http://www.amandarenteria.com/

      Amanda Renteria California Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( i say Democrats Forever. ))

      (( i say Global Warming is real. ))

      (( i will stand up for Climate Change awareness. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( i say Democrats Forever. ))

      (( i say Global Warming is real. ))

      (( i will stand up for Climate Change awareness. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( i signed the illinois petition

      to change illinois from a civil union state

      to illinois as a marriage equality state

      since i live in illinois. ))

      (( if the illinois Government

      wants the state Constitution of illinois

      to say marriage equality

      i would support that type of change

      for the state of illinois. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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