The Filibuster

American government is based on the principle of majority rule. But in the U.S. Senate, a minority has turned that principle upside down.

The filibuster rule, designed to protect the minority's right to be heard, has been transformed into a weapon that allows just 41 of 100 senators to squelch debate and block action on any bill, no matter its importance or public support.

Common Cause is leading a coalition of organizations lobbying for filibuster reform. And we've taken the fight to court with a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster rule. We're working to restore majority rule AND protect the minority's right to be heard.

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