Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weaken the Filibuster Threshold to 55

Both parties do it equally? Ah, No.
Grayson Filibuster Petition: Change Threshold To 55: "Since the Democrats regained control of the Senate, Republicans have abused the filibuster rule like never before. Until 1970, no session of Congress had more than ten votes on cloture to end a filibuster. Until 2007, the record was 58. But since Democrats regained control of the Senate, filibusters have skyrocketed. The last session had a new record of 112.

The filibuster does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. If the Founding Fathers had wanted it, they would have included it. Instead, this undemocratic rule allows small-state Senators representing as little as 11 percent of the country to thwart the will of the other 89 percent. In 1975, the Senate reduced the number of votes needed to end a filibuster from 67 to 60. Now, with the Party of No blocking majority rule on virtually everything the country needs, we need to do it again."

1 comment:

  1. Even though I don't see the GOP as the party of "no", and I don't think they have a lock on Congressional shenanigans, I support this idea. I'd like to see the filibuster done away with altogether. Would both sides support such a radical change? Once a bill is put together by either the House or the Senate, it ought to be presented to the citizens as soon as possible in all available media, and then be openly & vigorously debated in Congress. Nothing can be gained by shelving a bill. Transparency, the free exchange of ideas, and real discussion on the merits of the bill in question is what we need to see happen. A pox on any politician, elephant or donkey, who resorts to a filibuster just because he doesn't like a bill.