Tell Harry Reid: Fix the Filibuster!

For too long, America has watched helplessly as the the Senate became the place where good bills go to die. The ridiculous, outdated, undemocratic filibuster meant that majority rule was turned on its head, and the stubbornness of 41 senators was enough to block the hard work and good will of 59 others.  And with the Republican minority using the filibuster at an unprecedented pace, work and progress ground to a halt.

When the Senate reconvenes in January, the Democratic majority will have the opportunity to fix this asinine rule.  And it will be able to do so with a simple majority vote, if it acts in the critical first few days, when Senate rules are set for the term. 

Harry Reid did not act on this last term, and has since said he regrets it.  But he has not yet committed to fix the filibuster this term.  Reid’s leadership will be essential to making this happen.

Send Harry Reid a message.  Tell him it’s time to fix the filibuster. 

Some have argued against fixing the filibuster, asserting that it will be needed if the Democrats are again in the minority. However, keeping this rule in place now provides no protection for the future. There is nothing preventing the Republicans from eliminating it themselves if they gain the majority, regardless of what happens this term.

Send Harry Reid a message.  Tell him it’s time to fix the filibuster. 

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About John Hlinko

John Hlinko is a frequent political pundit on TV, and the founder of Left Action, a network of over 1 million activists. He is also the author of, "Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread," ranked by Amazon.com as the # 1 "hot new release" in web marketing in early 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook
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