Hate Senate Republicans’ reckless use of the filibuster? Time to do something about it.
Next Tuesday — five days from today — the Senate will vote on seven Obama appointees the Republicans have blocked, including Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If Republicans refuse to end their obstruction, Senator Harry Reid has promised to “go nuclear” and move to eliminate the filibuster for administration appointees.
This is our chance to take the first step to real filibuster reform, cutting the legs out from Republican opposition. Let’s make sure we don’t waste it.
After years of abuse and endless rounds of failed negotiations, Senate Republicans have finally overplayed their hand and pushed Democrats too far — now it’s time to pay the piper. And while I wish we’d done it months ago, and I know this is only a first step, I’m excited we’re finally within striking distance of reform.
This situation is win-win for us: Either the Republicans abandon their “filibuster-first” strategy and confirm these nominees (and after more than a year of waiting, not a moment too soon) or we take away their favorite toy for good. Reid has publicly declared he’ll vote to change Senate rules — I wish I could have seen Mitch McConnell’s face when he did.
But this only works if our threat is credible, so we need to get enough Democrats lined up behind reform. We only need 51 votes for reform — so with just five days to go, the plan is to show overwhelming support.
Thanks, and get excited,
Arshad Hasan, Executive Director
Democracy for America