The ability of eligible citizens to vote is under attack in state after state in this country. But legislation that could expand voting opportunities, impose new ethical restrictions on politicians and judges and help curb election abuses is being blocked in the Senate through the use of an outdated rule known as the filibuster, which requires at least 60 votes to pass a bill.
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is the first major business organization to advocate for filibuster reform. ASBC has advocated on behalf of For the People Act (S.1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, but 50 senators voting on party lines used the filibuster to prevent the full Senate from even talking about S.1.
The filibuster has been adjusted in the past, most recently to permit judicial nominees, including the Supreme Court, to be confirmed with a simple majority. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has proposed such a “carve out” of the filibuster for Constitutional legislation, like voting rights. Others have proposed reducing the threshold from 60 to 55 or some other number.
Please join ASBC in calling on the Senate to change its rules with some amendment similar to those described above and permit the Senate to move on with critically important legislation. Recent surveys show a majority of American support at least amending the filibuster.
Sign on to this letter to urge your senator to support changing the policy to amend the filibuster and hold Congress accountable for protecting our rights.
Join ASBC and a growing number of responsible businesses and investors who are demanding a reform to Senate filibuster policies to protect American democracy and the people’s right to vote.
American Sustainable Business Council
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