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We must reform the filibuster

Mitch McConnell's abuse of the "no-effort" filibuster is paralyzing the Senate.

This inflicts damage on our ability to deliver for Americans in two critical ways.

First, McConnell deploys the no-effort filibuster to waste the Senate's time. A non-controversial nomination takes a week. Broadly supported policy bills take two weeks (one week to get the bill to the floor and another to get to a final vote).

Second, he wields the no-effort filibuster to stop bold progressive policies:

Gun safety bills? Dead.

Voting rights? Dead.

Labor protections? Dead.

Dark money reforms? Dead.

Reproductive rights? Dead.

Immigration reform? Dead.

Mitch McConnell has already eliminated the filibuster for priorities that benefit the privileged: increasing corporate power, stacking the courts, and tax cuts for the rich.

We were elected to solve problems, not apologize because Mitch McConnell stopped us. That excuse won't fly, nor should it. We need to reform the filibuster for our priorities: abortion rights, voting rights, protecting Social Security, and climate change.

Today, I'm asking you to sign my petition to tell the Senate to reform the filibuster. We must get it done so we can continue to make progress on the issues that matter most!




Posted on May 4, 2024.

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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