• Petitioned The Honorable Harry Reid (D) Nevada

This petition was delivered to:

Senate Majority Leader
The Honorable Harry Reid (D) Nevada

Change the filibuster rules in the Senate

    1. Keith Kurman
    2. Petition by

      Keith Kurman

      Los Angeles, CA

Needed in order to push back on Republican obstruction.

In the 2010 election, we saw the diminution of the Democratic majority in the Senate. Many of us were concerned and expressed our concern by a call for a change in the rules that would limit the abuse of the filibuster by the Republican members, to defeat the passage of any bill that might be considered progressive. We understand that limiting such a rule might affect Democrat's ability to stop future potentially dangerous legislation should the Democrats become a minority in the future, however, the rule having been left as it stood enabled the Republicans to freeze up the Senate's ability to accomplish anything.

We don't know how this next, 2012 election will play out, but should the Democrats hold on to a slim majority, we here by urge you to take pre-emptive action on behalf of the America People.

If through our work on the campaigns and through our donations and support we are able to hold on the Democratic majority in Senate, we feel we must insist that you adjust the Senate rules, within the allotted timeframe, to prevent or at least discourage, the ongoing abuses.

There is no one more familiar with the rules of Congress than you are, and perhaps you had good, defensible reasons for leaving the rules as they stood, so exactly how any changes are drawn we respectfully leave to your discretion. If nothing else, we ask that the filibuster be reinstated to its original form, as brilliantly demonstrated by the Honorable Bernie Sanders (I), and be required to run out the clock in defense of the blockage. There is no defensible argument for allowing one hothead Jr. Senator to block even so much as the discussion of a bill with a single dissenting vote. There may be other more nuanced procedures that could be applied, but we the undersigned expect that something pre-emptive be done and expect, nea, insist that you do it. 

 

To:
The Honorable Harry Reid (D) Nevada, Senate Majority Leader
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Honorable Harry Reed (D) Nevada, Senate Majority Leader.

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Change the filibuster rules in the Senate

Needed in order to push back on Republican obstruction.
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lorraine Potter TACOMA, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is long past time when the Republicans can no longer block all movement of legislation so easily..

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    • gregory stephani SHELTON, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      it's important to witness the obstructionists and determine whether they 're qualified for the job or should be voted out

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    • Elizabeth Tener SALEM, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Great, Keith, well-said! I have a petition about filibustering, also. I'll sign yours; please sign mine, as well, and get everyone else to sign as many as possible. Let's get a movement going.

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    • June Baswell TAYLORS, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      The Filibuster is now too easy to employ. They should have to do the oldfashioned way--By talking.

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    • John Lingenfelder PLANO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      The Senate must become functional again!

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