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Here's the proof that the filibuster stops the progress that America demands

In the midst of a pandemic and the economic devastation it has wrought, Congress is considering President Biden's American Rescue Plan. I don't have to tell you just how critical it is to vaccinate everyone, re-open schools safely, raise the minimum wage, boost unemployment benefits, and provide financial support to families and small businesses.

The American Rescue Plan is a very big solution to a very big problem.

And when it comes to the Senate floor, we'll be able to pass it by getting a simple majority or 51 votes or more. Why is that? Because the filibuster doesn't apply to the once-a-year "budget reconciliation" bill.

How does that make any sense?

A majority absolutely should be able to pass legislation that is critical to families' and small businesses' ability to get through a crisis. But why only this one bill?

Big problems demand big solutions, and it simply cannot be that we can only tackle those big problems once a year and only through the budget process.

In addition to the pandemic:

We are in a climate crisis, with devastating wildfires, hurricanes, and deep freezes with alarming regularity.

We have a racial justice crisis, with centuries of systemic racism brought into sharp relief by a president who elevated white supremacy.

We have a democracy crisis, with attacks being made on our Constitutional right to vote amidst deepening corruption by the richest and most powerful special interests.

We cannot allow Mitch McConnell to have a veto over our efforts to solve America's problems. We must take on the filibuster. It's not enough to do big things once a year through an arcane budget process.

In a democracy, the most votes should win — even on the floor of the U.S. Senate.



Posted on February 25, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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