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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Common Cause called on the U.S. Senate’s new majority today to inaugurate a new, more productive era by adopting the rules reform package offered by Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley. “If adopted, the Udall-Merkley resolution would be a...

Common Cause Commends Udall-Merkley Filibuster Reform Plan
January 6, 2015

Last night, 60 Minutes profiled retiring Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). A physician by training, Sen. Coburn is known by many as “Dr. No” for his relentless record of blocking debate on proposed bills that he opposes. I joined 60 Minutes...

Common Cause on 60 Minutes
December 22, 2014

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