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Filibuster Day Of Action Thursday – Call Senators

Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:53 By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future | Press Release

The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a voice in the Senate. But the Senate made a mistake and changed the rules, which enabled an obstructionist minority to block ... everything. There have been more than 380 filibusters in just the last few years! It is time to change the rules back to the old "make them talk" system. Thursday, Jan. 3rd, is a day of action demanding that the Senate fix the filibuster and make them talk. So pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Filibuster Has Become Tool Of Obstruction

In recent years Senate Republicans have used the filibuster to block over 380 bills and nominations. There has been a terrible cost to the country as Republicans blocked bill after bill, solution after solution, nomination after nomination.

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. They have used filibusters to block jobs, judges, disaster relief, the Dream Act, health care, and almost everything else. They have even filibustered their own bills!

As the new Congress convenes this month another effort is underway to reform the filibuster. This new proposal in front of the Senate to reform the filibuster returns to the form of filibuster that the public understands, namely talking all night.

Fix The Filibuster

We have a chance to restore the filibuster to its original purpose, but we need your help to do it.

(Visit http://on.fb.me/RqcQW7 to share this video.)

They should make them talk. This is a pro-democracy move. First, it stops the obstruction. Second, it allows senators with serious and honest problems with a bill to bring this to the attention of the public by holding a real, honest-to-goodness talkathon. Third, this would engage the public and give We, the People a chance to weigh in and agree or disagree with the objection.

Pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Things You Can Do

Pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Here is a sample tweet to use on Twitter: Silent. Invisible. The shocking truth of the U.S. Senate today and why we fight for Senate rules reform: http://on.fb.me/RqcQW7 #fixtheSenate

Click to Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/W5m_2

Send an email. Click here for a sample email you can use as a template.

Visit Fix the Senate Now and sign up for updates.

There is a Fix the Senate Now Facebook page. "In the US Senate, back room deals and filibuster rules allow a handful of senators to stop the rest from making any progress. Let's fix the Senate, now."

Follow @FixTheSenate on Twitter.

Member Organizations

Here is a list of organizations in the FixtheSenateNow.org coalition:

AAUW

Action for the Common Good

AFL-CIO

AFSCME

Alliance for Justice

Americans for Democratic Action

Association of Flight Attendants – CWA

Brennan Center for Justice

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Campaign for America's Future

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Science and Public Interest

Clean Water Action

Common Cause

CREDO

CREW

CWA

Daily Kos

Democracy 21

Demos

Fair Action Alliance

Feminist Majority

Friends of the Earth

Gamaliel

Greenpeace

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters

LULAC

NAACP

National Action Network

National Council of Women's Organizations

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

Natural Resources Defense Council

NEA

NOW

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Population Action International

Progressive Congress

Public Campaign

Public Citizen

SEIU

Sierra Club

Tides

TWU

UAW

UFCW

United Steelworkers

USAction

Voices for Progress

Woman's National Democratic Club

Women's Research & Education Institute

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson (Redwood City, CA) is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. And he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US.


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Filibuster Day Of Action Thursday – Call Senators

Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:53 By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future | Press Release

The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a voice in the Senate. But the Senate made a mistake and changed the rules, which enabled an obstructionist minority to block ... everything. There have been more than 380 filibusters in just the last few years! It is time to change the rules back to the old "make them talk" system. Thursday, Jan. 3rd, is a day of action demanding that the Senate fix the filibuster and make them talk. So pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Filibuster Has Become Tool Of Obstruction

In recent years Senate Republicans have used the filibuster to block over 380 bills and nominations. There has been a terrible cost to the country as Republicans blocked bill after bill, solution after solution, nomination after nomination.

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. They have used filibusters to block jobs, judges, disaster relief, the Dream Act, health care, and almost everything else. They have even filibustered their own bills!

As the new Congress convenes this month another effort is underway to reform the filibuster. This new proposal in front of the Senate to reform the filibuster returns to the form of filibuster that the public understands, namely talking all night.

Fix The Filibuster

We have a chance to restore the filibuster to its original purpose, but we need your help to do it.

(Visit http://on.fb.me/RqcQW7 to share this video.)

They should make them talk. This is a pro-democracy move. First, it stops the obstruction. Second, it allows senators with serious and honest problems with a bill to bring this to the attention of the public by holding a real, honest-to-goodness talkathon. Third, this would engage the public and give We, the People a chance to weigh in and agree or disagree with the objection.

Pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Things You Can Do

Pick up the phone right now and urge your Senator to support Senate Rules Reform. Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866.

Here is a sample tweet to use on Twitter: Silent. Invisible. The shocking truth of the U.S. Senate today and why we fight for Senate rules reform: http://on.fb.me/RqcQW7 #fixtheSenate

Click to Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/W5m_2

Send an email. Click here for a sample email you can use as a template.

Visit Fix the Senate Now and sign up for updates.

There is a Fix the Senate Now Facebook page. "In the US Senate, back room deals and filibuster rules allow a handful of senators to stop the rest from making any progress. Let's fix the Senate, now."

Follow @FixTheSenate on Twitter.

Member Organizations

Here is a list of organizations in the FixtheSenateNow.org coalition:

AAUW

Action for the Common Good

AFL-CIO

AFSCME

Alliance for Justice

Americans for Democratic Action

Association of Flight Attendants – CWA

Brennan Center for Justice

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Campaign for America's Future

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Science and Public Interest

Clean Water Action

Common Cause

CREDO

CREW

CWA

Daily Kos

Democracy 21

Demos

Fair Action Alliance

Feminist Majority

Friends of the Earth

Gamaliel

Greenpeace

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters

LULAC

NAACP

National Action Network

National Council of Women's Organizations

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

Natural Resources Defense Council

NEA

NOW

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Population Action International

Progressive Congress

Public Campaign

Public Citizen

SEIU

Sierra Club

Tides

TWU

UAW

UFCW

United Steelworkers

USAction

Voices for Progress

Woman's National Democratic Club

Women's Research & Education Institute

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson (Redwood City, CA) is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California.

Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. And he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US.


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