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Fake filibusters impede democracy

Posted: May 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I am very concerned that our democracy does not work in the Senate.

Senators can be elected by anything more than 50 percent of the vote. However, in the Senate it appears that anything controversial requires 60 percent of the vote. This is not democracy.

I accept that individuals who are strongly opposed to certain legislation have every right to express their views and, if they choose, enter into a filibuster.

What I find appalling about the current Senate is that fake filibusters are used. If someone says they’re going to filibuster, then everything goes on hold and requires a 60 percent vote.

When is the Democratic leadership or the Republican opposition going to have the courage to force opposing senators to actually engage in a filibuster? Since the most important business of the Senate rarely gets to a meaningful vote, then it doesn’t matter that the floor is tied up in a filibuster.

It would be nice for the American public to see Senators engage in the democracy under which they were elected.



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