The Senate is supposed to be a place of compromise, a home for grand debates on the biggest issues.
But Republicans are abusing the rules, turning the time-honored filibuster into a tool of obstruction and gridlock to prevent any debate or progress. Since becoming the minority in 2007, Republicans have threatened to filibuster more than 400 times - twice as much as any previous terms.
With the current rules, just the threat to filibuster is enough to halt proceedings. And they do it to block progress on everything from mundane procedural votes to judicial nominees and the budget.
- Judicial confirmations to fill 55 judicial vacancies, including 34 considered "judicial emergencies."
- Food Safety Enhancement Act
- Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
- American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
- And the list goes on and on...
But, in just a few weeks the Senate has the chance to change its rules and require members who threaten a filibuster to actually take to the floor in a real-live debate.
Our own Senator Tom Udall is leading the movement to fix the rules and get the Senate back to work; but, he needs our help!
The window for change is short - rules can be changed when a new Congress starts next month. So, we need you to contact our senators today.
Sign the petition to reform Rule XXII (the filibuster rule) so that bills can actually come to the floor and force members in opposition to debate the merits publicly, even with a filibuster if they wish - so long as they actually stand up and speak for as long as they want to filibuster.
Then, send this to your friends - including those in other states whose senators are still deciding how they will vote - and tell them it's time to fix the filibuster and put Washington back to work.