ASBC Calls for End to Filibuster Abuse

American Sustainable Business Council

Filibusters have reached a record level in the U.S. Senate, obstructing legislation needed to stimulate demand and provide capital to small business. ASBC released a letter to Senate leaders, calling for a reinstatement of older rules that require filibustering senators to hold the floor continuously if they wish to delay a vote. The filibuster should be reserved for special situations, not used daily to obstruct the actions of a duly-elected majority. At the beginning of each term, the Senate has a one-time opportunity to establish its own rules by majority vote. Thus, only 51 votes are necessary to restore some restraint and balance to this overused tactic.

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