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December 19, 2012

Filibuster: Sen. Merkley Says "Make Them Talk"

-- by Dave Johnson

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley took to the white board to explain the talking filibuster and why we need to reform the Senate.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snprp-36dMk[/youtube]
Merkley White Board: Its time to Reform the Senate with a Talking Filibuster

Fix The Senate Now. You can sign the petition.

The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a real voice in the Senate. Not anymore.

For too long now, this tactic has been misused and abused. Congress has stopped legislating effectively, with Senators using ridiculous dodge tactics to block real progress. Right now there is an opportunity to restore the filibuster to its original purpose, but senators like Merkley need your help and backing to do it.

Call 1-866-937-5062 or text FIXTHESENATE to 69866 and tell your senators you support Senate rules reform, including returning to a talking filibuster, and they should, too.

IBEW has an action page that helps you "determine who your Senators are and then you can email or call them to express your support for the talking filibuster. For your convenience the Political-Legislative Affairs Department has already drafted an email regarding this issue for your Senator that you may choose to send as-is or edit as you see necessary."

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This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at December 19, 2012 8:55 PM


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