End the Filibuster
When we elected Democrats to the majority in D.C. in 2020, we voted in favor of the popular legislation on their agenda–and we expect them to deliver. But, Democrats’ promises: protections for voting rights, labor rights, immigration reform, and climate solutions are likely to fail due to an arcane, procedural rule in the Senate.
Now, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is allowing Republicans to block all of the popular policies that will address the problems we face as a country.
The filibuster is a tool that Republicans can and will use to block protections for voting rights, labor rights, immigration reform, climate solutions and more. It requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass most major legislation, despite the fact that Democrats have a 51 vote majority with VP Harris’s tie-breaking vote. It’s time we abolish it.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is 1 of 2 senators who have been vocal in their support for the filibuster. Sen. Sinema says that she believes the filibuster protects bipartisanship and wants to protect the minority. But the Republicans want nothing to do with compromise, or anything that helps Democrats accomplish anything that would help people and get them reelected. And all evidence suggests that the filibuster actually leads to more gridlock, and less compromise.
Polling out of Arizona also suggests that this is out of touch with Arizona voters. A bipartisan majority —61% of likely AZ voters (the only bipartisan that should matter to Sinema)–say that passing major legislation is more important than arcane Senate rules.
Sinema has received widespread criticism and a significant drop in popularity since her public stance on the filibuster in mid-February. 40+ community organizations in Arizona have called on Sinema to stand up and eliminate the filibuster, letters to the editor and opinion pieces in local newspapers demand she evolve in her position, and even the very organizers who helped elect Sinema are calling on her. Arizonans are simply tired of the filibuster being used as an excuse not to get things done.
Jim Crow Filibuster
The Senate filibuster is not a part of the Constitution, and does not help the Senate function as a deliberative body. In the past, the filibuster was used by Southern Senators in the Jim Crow era to block civil rights legislation. In recent years, use of the filibuster has increased significantly by minority parties to block the agenda of the majority party. Now, in 2021, the filibuster will be used by the GOP to prevent the passage of popular, voter-supported legislation to protect our freedom to vote amid a wave of Jim Crow 2.0 attacks in state legislatures, like Arizona.
What’s at Stake
For the People Act
Sweeping package that would protect our right to vote, root out corruption in our politics, and end partisan gerrymandering.
John Lewis Voting Rights Act
Restores and strengthens the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Grants federal representation to the 700K+ majority-black residents of Washington D.C.
Protecting the Right to Organize Act
Empowers workers to organize their workplaces for better wages, benefits, and safer working conditions. Cracks down on union-busting.
Dream and Promise Act
Secures permanent protections for immigrant youth, TPS holders, and DED recipients.
Farm Workforce Modernization Act
Would provide a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of immigrant farmworkers who kept our country running during the COVID pandemic.
American Jobs Plan
Investment in America that will create millions of good jobs to rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
$15 Minimum Wage
The $15 minimum wage is one of Democrats’ key campaign promises.