The filibuster means that Mitch McConnell is still in charge.
We have less than 2 years before the next election and we have a lot to fix NOW! The GOP will use the 60-vote minimum of the filibuster to block progressive legislation from advancing in the Senate, keeping that chamber’s reputation as “the most powerful force for structural racism in American life.” (Great filibuster explainer video at the bottom of post.)
- $15 minimum wage: The Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the $15 minimum wage hike is “extraneous” for budget reconciliation purposes; meaning it has to come out of the H.R. 1319 – American Rescue Plan Act if the Senate wants to use reconciliation to get around a filibuster. Over 60% of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
- Note: We’re waiting on the script on this issue, as it’s now in flux. It looks like Democrats are drafting new plans to penalize big corporations that pay their employees less than $15 an hour.
- HR 5 – The Equality Act: This bill just passed the House and over 70% of Americans support laws like this, including 50% of Trump voters. (What the law includes, here and here.) However, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has announced that he will oppose the Equality Act unless it includes language that would allow Christians to discriminate against LGBTQ people, essentially nullifying any civil rights gains, and the GOP will use the filibuster to stop it from coming to a vote.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to cosponsor and support HR 5 – The Equality Act and if necessary, remove the filibuster for this vote (even with a mini-nuke or carve-out), and for any other legislation that ensures equal civil rights for all Americans. The majority of voters want LGBTQ community members to be accorded the same rights and responsibilities as every other citizen. Allowing a minority to use the filibuster to maintain a legacy of human rights violations and discriminatory practices against a specific group of taxpaying Americans is both anti-democratic and morally wrong.Continue reading “Friday 2/26: #FilibusterFriday! Both the $15/hr. wage and H.R. 5 – the Equality Act are in danger in the Senate.”