An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Abolish the Filibuster to Save our Democracy

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Progressive priorities are in danger and ending the filibuster will give us the power to fight back. The filibuster has got to go. Are you with us? The only way to pass progressive legislation is to abolish the filibuster. “The Senate is now a place where the most pressing issues facing our country are disregarded, along with the will of the American people overwhelmingly calling for action,” Senator Reid concluded after progress was stalled. The filibuster is inherently undemocratic, not included in the Constitution, and has been weaponized to kill legislation. It's a procedural mechanism that allows the minority party to block legislation from advancing in the Senate despite having the support of both parties. That’s why the Founding Fathers purposely designed the Senate to be majoritarian – they didn’t want “a pertinacious minority to control the opinion of a majority.” The filibuster is already dead for conservative priorities, like cutting taxes and seating judges. Mitch McConnell has already ended the filibuster for the things he cares about. Democrats’ only chance to enact progressive legislation – democracy reform, Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, gun violence prevention, debt-free college, an end to right-to-work, higher minimum wage, campaign finance reform, improved immigration system, etc. is to bury the filibuster once and for all. If the party that loses an election can block the winners from doing anything, what does it mean to be a democracy? Thank you,

First sent on February 24 by Indivisible Harlem

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