The Communications Workers of America labor union, a lead group in the Fix the Senate Now coalition, is launching an advertising campaign aimed at shaping the final stages of the filibuster reform debate. [...] The Merkley-Udall plan still allows the filibuster of legislation, but would require members to do so by actually standing and speaking on the floor. On the other side of the debate is a scaled-back bipartisan plan introduced by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), which leaves the silent filibuster in place, but would allow amendments to be adopted by a simple majority vote. [Huffington Post]
THE SILENT filibuster needs to be abolished. If a senator is going to filibuster, which should be allowed, he or she needs to be on the floor.
The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a real voice in the Senate. Not anymore.
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.
We have a chance to restore the filibuster to its original purpose, but we need your help to do it.
The ad sponsored by the Fix the Senate coalition is below.