For Immediate Release Common Cause Disappointed by Appeals Court's Rejection of Filibuster Suit

Written by Mary Boyle on April 15, 2014

Statement by Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause policy counsel, on today’s DC Circuit Court ruling in Common Cause v. Biden.

“We are disappointed by today’s DC Circuit ruling, and believe that it is wrongly decided. If the court is correct, there is no imaginable recourse for an unconstitutional Senate rule, no matter how egregious. That cannot be the right outcome in our democracy. Our attorneys are reviewing the court’s opinion before deciding on a future course of action.

“It’s important to note that the court’s decision was strictly procedural; the judges did not rule on the merits of our claim that the filibuster rule and its 60 vote requirement for Senate action is unconstitutional.”

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: More Democracy Reforms

Tags: The Filibuster

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