Press Center


For Immediate Release


December 21, 2012

Mary Boyle, (202) 736-5770



Common Cause files notice of appeal of federal court’s dismissal in filibuster challenge

Common Cause respectfully disagrees with a US District Court decision early today, dismissing its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate filibuster, and will appeal to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

It’s important to note that Judge Emmet Sullivan based his ruling on questions of legal standing in the case, Common Cause et al v. Biden et al. The decision did not get to Common Cause’s central claim that the 60-vote filibuster rule is an unconstitutional abuse of the Senate’s power to make its own rules.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.