You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the filibuster these days. But here’s one thing about this old Senate rule you might not know: the filibuster actually violates the Constitution.
About half the people in this state are poor. Thousands of children are going to bed hungry tonight. This is more important than the US Senate, @Sen_JoeManchin. – Matt Kerner, @MoveOn West Virginia#poorpeoplescampaign #endthefilibuster pic.twitter.com/XoEaiLeNPM
— Poor People's Campaign (@UniteThePoor) August 26, 2021
Over the past decade, the Supreme Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act, paving the way for a new Jim Crow.
Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 4 to stop the assault on our democracy. Now, the Senate must abolish the filibuster to pass this bill and protect the right to vote. https://t.co/emkHiCcIcQ
— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) August 25, 2021
In the wee hours on Wednesday morning, Republicans once again prevented a vote on the For the People Act, the sweeping democracy reform bill that passed the House in March but was blocked by a Republican filibuster in June.
If the filibuster can’t be done away with or turned into a “Jimmy Stewart filibuster,” then Congress has the obligation to Act on the “Nuclear Option.”
It’s hard to think of an issue that’s inspired broader center-left consensus than the Republican threat to the right to vote. Jacobin informs us that “There’s Less Than Two Years to Save American Democracy.” A piece in The Atlantic keeping us to a tighter schedule says we’ve already arrived at the “Last Chance to Save Democracy.” “American democracy,” CNN concurred in early June, “is about to show if it can save itself.” I myself called our political moment “Democracy’s Moment of Reckoning” not long ago. Joe Biden is worried. Ilhan Omar is worried. And Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have let us know that they’re worried, too. In a recent ad called “Transmissions From the Future,” they play haggard versions of themselves in 2055 urging the passage of the For the People Act as jackboots from an unnamed regime ram at their door. “This future doesn’t have to be,” Bloom says. “Save democracy while you can.”
On a 50-50 vote along strict party lines, the US Senate has failed to override a Republican filibuster of the voting rights act. Every single Republican voted to keep the bill off the floor, includ…