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Say NO to Constitutional chaos!

I'm taking a stand against this backroom attack on our Constitution and the short-sighted balanced budget amendment. I pledge to educate lawmakers and my fellow citizens about the threat of a runaway constitutional convention and take action together to stop it in my state!

Tell Pfizer: Just say NO to ALEC!

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer advocates for climate action and public health policies. So why is it funding ALEC, which vigorously lobbies against both of these things?
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Litigation

Reply Brief Of Appellants

August 1, 2013

Reply Brief Of Appellants in Common Cause v. Biden, Common Cause's lawsuit to stop the unconstitutional 60-vote filibuster rule in the Senate

Brief of Senate in Opposition to Appeal

July 18, 2013

Brief of Senate in Opposition to Appeal in Common Cause v. Biden, Common Cause's lawsuit to stop the unconstitutional 60-vote filibuster rule in the Senate

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Multimedia

Nan Aron speaks on the filibuster

January 1, 2008

Common Cause hosted panel discussion on the Senate's dangerous misuse of the filibuster, how its ensuing gridlock is affecting the nation and what can be done about it. Right now, a minority of 42 Senators hold hostage America's business, including extension of unemployment benefits and ratification of a nuclear arms treaty, until they get their way on tax cuts. In this clip, Nan Aron, President of the Alliance for Justice Action Campaign discusses the use of the filibuster to block judicial nominees.

Norman Ornstein speaks out on the filibuster

March 26, 2008

Common Cause hosted panel discussion on the Senate's dangerous misuse of the filibuster, how its ensuing gridlock is affecting the nation and what can be done about it. Right now, a minority of 42 Senators hold hostage America's business, including extension of unemployment benefits and ratification of a nuclear arms treaty, until they get their way on tax cuts. In this clip, Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, discusses ways to fix the filibuster.

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Democracy Wire

Avoiding the Article V Trap

April 17, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Legal scholars, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, agree there is no way to limit an Article V convention

Maryland Legislature Rescinds Call for Dangerous Constitutional Convention in the Face of Nationwide Special Interests Push

April 5, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today the Maryland legislature voted to protect every Americans’ constitutional rights by rescinding its calls for a dangerous Article V constitutional convention. State lawmakers cited the threat of a “runaway convention,” which could result in major changes to the U.S. Constitution and its protections in a process bankrolled by special interests.

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