IMAGINE THE SENATE if a filibuster meant a senator actually had to filibuster.
For years, critics of the filibuster have failed to convince senators to change the procedural delaying tactic. Now they’re taking their case to the courts.
The nonpartisan nonprofit Common Cause sued the U.S. Senate on Monday, challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster rules that require routine 60-vote thresholds for bills and nominations that often have majority support. Several House Democrats and three undocumented students who would be aided by the so-called DREAM Act also joined the suit.
Representatives John Lewis, Hank Johnson, both Georgians, and Michael Michaud (Maine), Keith Ellison (Minnesota) are named as plaintiffs. Two students are as well, claiming they have been denied a path to citizenship, because of a filibuster rule that left the DREAM Act short, with a simple majority of 55 votes in the Senate not being enough for passage, after it passed in the House, because 60 votes is standard Senate procedure.
John Lewis is playing hero again, with Keith Ellison always in the mix when the going gets rough.
I’ve got three words: Go Common Cause.