The Senate's filibuster vote is a significant step to help overcome government dysfunction. Recent filibusters have paralyzed Washington. One branch of government is preventing the other two from operating.
Preserving the president’s constitutional authority to make recess appointments is essential to maintaining equilibrium among the three branches of government, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today’s vote is another unfortunate reminder that the U.S. Senate’s rules remain unworkable and in serious need of reform. It speaks to an inherent disconnect between the public’s appetite for action and the capacity of our legislative institutions' ability to deliver it.
Early in January, the U.S. Senate has a chance to pass rules to curb the endless filibustering that has brought the chamber to a halt. The vote will be close — and we would appreciate it if you would lend your voice to reform.
In January, the newly-convened Senate has the authority to change filibuster rules by a majority vote, according to a letter sent to the Senate today by a group of leading academics and constitutional scholars.