This Isn't Really a Filibuster
I mean, it kinda is. But not how we normally do them. ...it's better, honestly.
- •First, let's do a brief primer on filibusters.They exist in the Senate because Senate rules allow for unlimited debate. A Senator keeps the floor for as long as they hold the floor. They can't pee, sit, eat, lean on anything or stop talking. They can yield for a question without yielding the floor, however.
- •About a century ago, they changed a bitBecause now we have cloture. Cloture is a way to limit debate on a bill/topic. A cloture motion takes 3/5ths of "duly chosen and sworn" Senators, which is 60 out of 100. This is a change from needing 2/3rds of "present and voting" Senators—Democrats changed it in 1975.
- •Now. Why isn't what the Democrats are doing now a filibuster as we traditionally use the term?
- •Because normally a filibuster takes place as an effort to stop or prevent a bill from getting a vote on the Senate floor.That's not what's happening tonight.
- •Such as the filibusters from Southern Democrats to prevent the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights ActIt lasted 54 days 😱
- •But tonight the Democrats aren't trying to stop anything from happening.
- •They're trying to get something to happen.
- •To drawn attention to the inaction of Congress
- •And make sure people are paying attention
- •It's pretty fucking awesome
- •And you should tell them that. ☎️
- •You can call 1-855-331-8593 for free, enter your zip code and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will connect you with your Senator's office
- •All you have to say is "I'm calling to support the filibuster"
- •They'll thank you and promise to relay your message
- •And the Brady Campaign will log your call so they know how many people are calling in support