The judicial crisis created by unfilled vacancies in our courts. Unenforceable labor law. A toothless Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Leadership vacancies at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
All because of outdated Senate rules that allow a radical minority in the Senate to require 60 votes for virtually every nominee submitted by the President.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The compromise on rules reform that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to at the start of this Congress is clearly not working. We still do not have a functioning Senate that passes legislation and confirms nominations in a timely manner. Send a message to Senators Reid and McConnell and ask them to stop the obstruction.
End the obstruction!
Dear [Decision Maker],
The abuse of the filibuster to undermine policies that the minority cannot defeat through the normal legislative process is harming our democratic institutions and must not continue. We call on you, and all the members of the Senate, to restore fairness and honor to the nomination and confirmation process for executive and judicial nominations, and use the rules of the Senate in a constructive way that fulfills both your constitutional responsibilities and the needs of the American people in these challenging times. Or to reform those rules if a determined minority remains adamant in maintaining a veto over everything that conflicts with their radical philosophy.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]