12:50 PM Eastern - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

We have to end the "silent" filibuster #default

The filibuster: A growing problemWhat do the DREAM Act, the Employee Free Choice Act and DISCLOSE campaign finance reform bills have in common? All three pieces of legislation passed the House of Representatives and gained majority support in the Senate. But they didn't become law because of the "silent" filibuster.

The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a real voice in the Senate. Now Senators regularly hold "silent" filibusters to kill important legislation without ever having to explain why. There is legislation in Congress to replace the silent filibuster with the "talking" filibuster, to ensure that Senators who oppose a bill have to speak on the Senate floor to explain their objections.

How can our government get the job done on comprehensive immigration reform, holding Wall Street accountable and creating jobs if their own legislative rules don't work?

"Business as usual" isn't going to cut it anymore. Meaningful reform can make the filibuster a legitimate tool again, not a stumbling block to progress. But our elected leaders have got stand up and fight for that reform.

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