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Call Senators to Co-Sponsor S.Res. 4, the Merkley-Udall Rules Reform Package
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Sample E-Mail: For Members Who Have Not Received Prior E-Mails On This Issue
Subject: Fed Up
If you're like me, you are fed up with what's been happening in Congress lately, [FIRST NAME].
Important legislation that addresses the tough issues that we are facing never reaches the Senate floor.
The reason? Misuse of the filibuster.
The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a real voice in the Senate. But today Senators regularly hold “silent” filibusters, stopping important legislation without ever having to stand on the floor of the Senate to explain why.
We have a rare chance to fight back against business as usual in Washington. But we must act now, before the Senate votes on the rules for the new session of Congress.
Call your Senators at 1-866-937-5062 to demand change.
What do the DREAM Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Employee Free Choice Act and DISCLOSE campaign finance reform have in common? All four bills passed the House of Representatives and gained majority support in the Senate. But they did not become law because of the silent filibuster.1
Many Senators are as frustrated as we are with this lack of progress. Senators Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall have introduced Senate Resolution 4 to fix the problem. Resolution 4 replaces 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.
It’s clear that in order to move our agenda forward we must fix the filibuster. Ask your Senators to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 4 today.
Call Today: 1-866-937-5062
1The Washington Post, 17 bills that likely would have passed the Senate if it didn’t have the filibuster, December 5, 2012.
Sample E-Mail: Follow Up
Subject: Hearing From You
Thanks to you, we are building momentum for significant changes to the Senate rules.
We’ve flooded Capitol Hill with phone calls and letters. But now some Senators are considering a meaningless bi-partisan compromise that would have little effect.
Your Senators need to hear from you today so that they don’t back down. Ask them to publicly support strong rules reform by co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 4.
The filibuster used to be a way to draw the attention of the nation to a critical issue. But now it's abused as a tactic to take critical issues off the table altogether. Use of the procedural trick has skyrocketed in recent years, as corporate politicians have done everything possible to block popular progressive bills -- even ones with majority support -- from becoming law.
The only way we can hope to pass the DREAM Act, the Employee Free Choice Act, climate change legislation, or a real jobs bill is to make it harder for a handful of Senators to shut down debate.
Call your Senators today and tell them that we want real reform of the Senate's filibuster rule. Nobody who cares about democracy should settle for less.
Thanks for your support,