Democrats won the White House, held the House, and flipped the Senate. We won a trifecta, and we intend to use it to pass bold, democracy-saving legislation like D.C. statehood, H.R. 1, court reform and more. But in order to pass any of these priorities — in order to save our democracy — we need to abolish the filibuster.
The filibuster is a rule that allows the minority party to block legislation from advancing in the Senate. Voters gave Democrats the majority. But because of the filibuster, we need 60 votes to pass most of our legislative priorities. What does that mean? It means Mitch McConnell can veto just about anything we try to do. The filibuster gives McConnell power that he should not have — and it’s got to go.
The filibuster is also a relic from the Jim Crow-era — a mechanism not included in the constitution that has been used repeatedly to block landmark legislation on civil rights, gun control, and more.
The filibuster is undemocratic, impractical, and its history is rooted in white supremacy. It’s got to go — and we need you to make your voice heard.