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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It's freezing in Washington this week, but it's not the nuclear winter some Republican senators predicted one year ago today. Last Nov. 21, a majority of senators — old bulls like Iowa's Tom Harkin (D), new voices like Elizabeth Warren (D)...

Abolishing the filibuster, one year later
November 21, 2014

“The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Common Cause’s case challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule is both shortsighted and ominous,” Common Cause President Miles Rapoport said today....

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Filibuster Rule
November 3, 2014

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