In 2008, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that his top priority was to ensure that Barack Obama was a one-term president. In his failed pursuit of that goal, he has led his party to unprecedented obstructionism, abusing the filibuster to bring all Senate business to a halt.
In the 2012 election, Americans overwhelmingly re-elected President Obama, cast more votes for Democrats than Republicans, and increased the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Millions of Democratic voters urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the Senate rules in response to Senate Republican’s unprecedented filibuster abuse.
Unfortunately, Senator Reid ignored the warnings of his own party and the Democratic base. Unfortunately, Senator Reid reached a meaningless agreement with Senator McConnell that has done nothing to restore the rights of the majority. The Senate is as dysfunctional as ever, and Senate Republicans are even filibustering cabinet nominees for the first time in history.
Senator Reid has threatened to revisit the rules several times since the toothless agreement was reached and Republican obstructionism continued, but so far nothing has changed. In fact, a small group of Republican senators, representing less than 11% of the population, is capable of completely controlling all Senate business. Due to this historical abuse of the filibuster, a minority of Republican Senators frequently goes further than just preventing votes on bills: they don't even allow bills to be debated. This is wrong. This is undemocratic, and it needs to stop.
It’s time to tell Senator Reid we told you so, Harry.
It's easy to be cynical and think that nothing will ever change, but you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take, and we have to try something. Please visit this website my friend Sean and I made, and send Senator Reid a postcard demanding he take action to restore the rights of the majority in the Senate, so that unprecedented Republican obstructionism is no longer able to prevent the governing of America.