Help Sen Udall Fix the Filibuster



The Senate is supposed to be a place of compromise, a home for grand debates on the biggest issues.  

But Republicans are abusing the rules, turning the time-honored filibuster into a tool of obstruction and gridlock to prevent any debate or progress.  Since becoming the minority in 2007, Republicans have threatened to filibuster more than 400 times – twice as much as any previous terms.


With the current rules, just the threat to filibuster is enough to halt proceedings. And they do it to block progress on everything from mundane procedural votes to judicial nominees and the budget.  

Abusing this time-honored tradition, Republicans have blocked:


Judicial confirmations to fill 55 judicial vacancies, including 34 considered “judicial emergencies.” 


Food Safety Enhancement Act


Wounded Veteran Job Security Act


American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009


And the list goes on and on…  

But, in just a few weeks the Senate has the chance to change its rules and require members who threaten a filibuster to actually take to the floor in a real-live debate.