Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thom Hartmann: Could a lawsuit put an end to the Senate filibuster?

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The organization Common Cause filed suit today against the United States Senate claiming current filibuster rules are unconstitutional. In a statement released today - Common Cause President Bob Edgar said the abuse of the filibuster by minorities on both sides of the aisle - especially Republicans - is, "an affront to our democracy and not the way the Senate was supposed to work."
Citing a previous Supreme Court decision ruling that the Senate's rules cannot conflict with the Constitution - Common Cause's lawsuit alleges that the Constitution ONLY calls for a super-majority requirement in special cases like overriding a Presidential veto or ratifying a treaty - and does not require a super-majority to begin debate, approve judges, or pass routine legislation - as it's used today. Several Members of Congress are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
For the last few years - led by Mitch McConnell - who boasted that his number one goal is NOT to create jobs for Americans but instead to put President Obama out of a job - a Republican minority has shut down an entire branch of government by abusing the filibuster. This is not what democracy what looks like.
(Who do you think will win? Tell us here.)

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