Washington, DC – As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) prepares to overhaul Senate filibuster procedures to establish a simple majority vote for executive nominations, pro-Senate rules reform organizations will be delivering over 1.1 million signatures and e-mail messages in support of the effort to end gridlock and stop abuse of the filibuster.
Groups delivering petitions include: Alliance for Justice (AFJ), Common Cause, Communications Workers of America, Daily Kos, Demos, Sierra Club and US Action. The petition drive and email campaign is the first installment of a larger public engagement effort in support of Senate reform.
The signatures and emails call on the Senate to stop the abuse of the filibuster and ensure that the President’s nominees have up or down votes. For example:
The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a real voice in the Senate. Not anymore.
For too long now, this tactic has been misused and abused. Congress has stopped legislating effectively, with Senators using ridiculous dodge tactics to block real progress.
We have a chance to end gridlock and stop the abuse of the filibuster, but we need your help to do it.
Contact your Senators today. You can enter your phone number below and we will call you to connect you to your Senator's office. Or sign your name to our petition and we will deliver it to your Senators.