Filibuster Reform

Posted by courage On January - 8 - 2011

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Dear Senator <Your Senator’s name>,

It has come to my attention the Senate considering a procedural change in debate rules regarding the use of the filibuster. I urge you to not support any reform of the Senatorial debate rule, the Founding Fathers never intended limits on debate.  Admittedly good legislation, such as the Civil Rights Act, has been slowed in passage, because of filibustering by Senate Democrats, yet it did eventually pass. Legislation which embodies the spirit and breath of our Republic will pass even if that means a longer debate process. A rush to passage for any legislation without full discovery of potential negative impact is not in the best interest of the country.

The Senate as envisioned by the Founders is meant to be the more deliberate, mature body of Congress, not a mini House of Representatives. The concept that a majority party can run buckshot over legislation with no restriction or analysis of proposed laws is contrary to anything the Founders intended. Some like to claim that in the United States majority rules while falsely believing this country to be a democracy. Neither of these statements are true, majority rule becomes mob rule and this is why the Founders set up our government as a republic rather than a democracy. The voice of the minority is as important as that of the majority.

Currently there is a measure in place which will end a filibuster, namely cloture. If legislation is deemed by a super-majority of Senators to be in the best interest of this republic then a super-majority will vote for cloture on debate.

It is time for Senators to be statesmen/women and work to find consensus among their colleagues, this is the purpose of the Senate as envisioned by the Framers of the Constitution.

I urge you to NOT support any change of Senate rules which would limit debate, not allowing full analysis of the proposed legislation is contrary to founding principles of this country.

Sincerely yours,

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