Fix or Nix the Filibuster to Prevent Global Economic Crisis

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

For Immediate Release:
Roger Kerson,, 734.645.0535

Democracy Initiative on Impending Debt Ceiling Disaster
Fix or Nix the Filibuster to Prevent
Global Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON DC – Leaders of the Democracy Initiative, with 75 member organizations representing 45 million people, said today that Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate should move immediately to fix or nix the filibuster in order to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avoid a global economic crisis. 

“The arbitrary and totally unnecessary fight over the debt ceiling could cost as many as six million U.S. jobs and destroy as much as $15 trillion in household wealth,” said Democracy Initiative Executive Director Charly Carter. “Let’s be clear: Preserving the Jim Crow filibuster, a racist relic of white supremacy, is not worth one single job or one dollar in anybody’s bank account.” 

“If Republicans remain intent on using the filibuster to avoid paying our nation’s debts, then Democrats should use the mandate they won from voters to fix or nix this arcane Senate rule,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause and co-chair of the Democracy Initiative Board of Directors. “It’s unbelievable and unacceptable that a minority of U.S. senators can cause economic devastation for millions of Americans – and for tens of millions more around the globe.” 

“American workers are still reeling from a devastating pandemic,” said Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and also a co-chair of the Democracy Initiative Board of Directors. “The last thing we need is a self-inflicted global recession, driven by entrenched politicians and special interests who don’t want to accept the basic principle of majority rule. Fixing or nixing the filibuster to address the debt ceiling is the right solution. Then we should move ahead and use majority rule in the U.S. Senate to guarantee our right to vote and protect democracy in our workplaces.” 


The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. It was founded in 2012 to fix undemocratic Senate rules, expand access to the ballot, and combat the influence of big money in politics. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.