Common Cause v. Biden

In May 2012, Common Cause, members of Congress, and three DREAM Act beneficiaries filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster rule. Once employed to ensure open and robust debate, the filibuster today is routinely used to block debate and action in the Senate on critical issues. The suit alleges that the Senate may not use its rulemaking powers to alter the number of votes necessary to pass legislation. In other words, it cannot require 60 out of 100 votes to do business.

Common Cause is represented by National Governing Board member Emmet Bondurant of Bondurant, Mixon & Elmore LLP.


Common Cause Reply Brief in Support of Cert. Petition

October 13, 2014

Amicus Brief of Constitutional Law Professors in Support of Common Cause

October 3, 2014

Senate Opposition to Petition for Writ Certiorari

October 1, 2014

Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States

August 29, 2014

Petition for En Banc Re-hearing

May 27, 2014

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion

April 15, 2014

Reply Brief Of Appellants

August 1, 2013

Brief of Senate in Opposition to Appeal

July 18, 2013

Filibuster Appeal Brief

June 18, 2013

District Court Opinion Granting Motion to Dismiss

December 21, 2012

Reply To Defendants Supplemental Memorandum

December 12, 2012

Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss by Senate Defendants

September 18, 2012

Plantiff Opposition To Motion To Dismiss

August 27, 2012

Opposition To Motion To Dismiss Exhibit A

August 27, 2012

Motion to Dismiss by Senate Defendants

July 20, 2012

Filed Complaint Filibuster

May 14, 2012