Filibuster

On Health Care, the Filibuster Means We Get Medicare for All or Nothing

Now the roughly half of Americans who get their insurance on the private market will not have those protections from predatory pharma companies, who will no doubt be looking to make up their ... read more

OPINION | The filibuster is on a slippery slope

After the demise of Roe v. Wade late last month, at a Madrid press conference, President Joe Biden announced his support for suspending the Senate’s filibuster rule to pass legislation ... read more

Progressives need to stop making plans around ending the filibuster

Doing so now seems to be the first step in most prominent progressives’ plans for correcting what the court and the Trump administration have done or for safeguarding our teetering democracy. read more

Why we need the filibuster

The framers intended for our U.S. Constitution to be the upper chamber and more deliberative body. Until the 17th amendment was ... read more

The Filibuster Is on a Slippery Slope

After the demise of Roe v. Wade late last month, at a Madrid press conference, President Joe Biden announced his support for suspending the Senate’s filibuster rule to pass legislation codifying ... read more

Conservative Courts and the Filibuster Are Blocking Heat Protections for Farmworkers

But for the last two years, fierce heat waves have descended, making an uncomfortable job even more punishing. Starting on July 16, Yakima experienced eight straight days of triple-digit temperatures, ... read more

2018 arguments

In 2018, U.S. Rep. Ted Budd supported removing the Senate’s filibuster rules to ease passage of then-President Donald Trump’s agenda in the GOP-controlled chamber. Today, with the procedural ... read more

Democracy demands a talking filibuster

In a final valiant stand for righteousness and good governance, he invokes a little-known rule of the Senate called the filibuster, and talks for 25 hours nonstop until he collapses in exhaustion. read more

57 Votes in the Senate: Enough For Private Equity, Not Enough For Diabetics

A majority voted for it ― 57 senators ― but it wasn’t enough under the Senate’s 60-vote rule for passage. Yet just a few hours later, the Senate successfully protected subsidiaries of private equity ... read more

Editorial: Keep the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, but make it hurt.

A stepped-up fight against climate change. All are still sitting on the shelf in the U.S. Senate, victims of a filibuster rule that requires nearly all legislation to win 60 votes in the 100 ... read more

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