The filibuster

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Tell Senate Democrats: It's time to reform the filibuster.

The petition to Senate Democrats reads:
"If Republicans in the Senate won't allow an up-or-down vote on President Obama's nominees, use the 'nuclear option' to change the Senate rules to stop the Republicans' abuse of the filibuster. FOX News and the Republicans will go ballistic, but don't back down. If you stand up, we'll have your back."

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Since the beginning of the Obama administration, petulant Senate Republicans have made political obstructionism their primary policy priority. And their go-to tool for creating gridlock has been the filibuster.

Thus far, Democrats haven't seized the opportunity to rein in Republican filibuster abuse.

But with the recent filibuster of all three of President Obama's highly qualified nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the fight to reform the filibuster is coming to a head.

It looks like Democrats might be ready to step up to the plate and meaningfully reform the filibuster. We just need to make sure they know that if they stand up, we'll have their backs.

Tell Senate Democrats: It's time to reform the filibuster. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely considered to be the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court. And Republicans are obstructing the judicial nominations for reasons that have nothing to do with the individual qualifications of any of the nominees. Instead, Republicans are flatly objecting to filling the vacancies at all.

It's clear that the Republicans want the court to remain free of additional Obama nominees who might tilt the ideological balance of the court away from its current conservative orientation.

But allowing a minority of senators to stop the president from his constitutional duty of filling longstanding judicial vacancies, and allowing the minority in the Senate to do so for nakedly political reasons that have nothing to do with the fitness of the nominees, is contrary to how our system of government should work.

So now Sen. Reid is considering changing the Senate rules through a procedure known as the "nuclear option" to ensure presidential nominees for receive an up-or-down vote.

If the Republicans won't back down, Senate Democrats should take this first, long-overdue and much-needed step toward filibuster reform.

Tell Senate Democrats: It's time to reform the filibuster. Click the link below to automatically sign the petition:

Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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