HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Major Science Advocacy Or...

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 11:38 AM

Major Science Advocacy Organization Joins Call for Senate to Eliminate Filibuster


Posted on Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021 by Alan Ryland
Major Science Advocacy Organization Joins Call for Senate to Eliminate Filibuster

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a science advocacy organization, has joined the call for the Senate to eliminate the filibuster as calls grow for Democrats to take decisive steps to codify their most popular proposals into law.

“The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) understands that just as science is needed to ensure that the public policy process is effective, a healthy and functioning democracy is needed to ensure that policies are just,” the organization said in a press release.

Johanna Chao Kreilick, president of UCS, also provided a statement in which she derided the filibuster for lacking a Constitutional basis.

“The filibuster has no Constitutional basis and was never intended to be a de facto supermajority requirement for the U.S. Senate to carry out its work—but that is exactly what it has become in practice, and as such it has become one of the major impediments to responsive, accountable, and democratic governance,” she said, adding that the filibuster has often been used for undemocratic reasons, such as when it “has often been deployed against civil rights legislation.”

“Every scientist, engineer, and science advocate understands that design principles matter, and the same holds for the design of political institutions. If the theoretical purpose of the filibuster is to create bipartisan consensus, it has clearly failed on its own terms,” she continued. “Our opposition to the filibuster, and principled stance to abolish, is both science-based and evidence-backed; by privileging a minority that supports the status quo and election subversion, the filibuster distorts the policymaking process and inhibits our capacity to address the country’s most pressing challenges—from climate change to safeguarding our democracy.”

UCS’s statement comes after more than 30 former top Senate Democratic aides called for changes to the filibuster rules.

“Over the course of the past 20 years, the filibuster has put a chokehold on the Senate,’’ 31 former chiefs of staff to Democratic senators said in an open letter. “Legislation is now routinely filibustered, transforming the Senate from a place of meaningful debate and progress into a legislative graveyard.”

2 replies, 306 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Major Science Advocacy Organization Joins Call for Senate to Eliminate Filibuster (Original post)
babylonsister Jul 2021 OP
lagomorph777 Jul 2021 #1
BeckyDem Jul 2021 #2

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:11 PM

1. Of course we should.

Now, how can we use science to push Manchin, Sinema, DiFi, and (apparently) Biden to support democracy in the only way that matters?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:15 PM

2. +1

Finding the Common Good in an Era of Dysfunctional Governance
AUTHORS Thomas E. Mann and Norman Jay Ornstein

The framers designed a constitutional system in which the government would play a vigorous role in securing the liberty and well-being of a large and diverse population. They built a political system around a number of key elements, including debate and deliberation, divided powers competing with one another, regular order in the legislative process, and avenues to limit and punish corruption. America in recent years has struggled to adhere to each of these principles, leading to a crisis of governability and legitimacy. The roots of this problem are twofold. The first is a serious mismatch between our political parties, which have become as polarized and vehemently adversarial as parliamentary parties, and a separation-of-powers governing system that makes it extremely difficult for majorities to act. The second is the asymmetric character of the polarization.

( The Republican Party has become a radical insurgency – ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. Securing the common good in the face of these developments will require structural changes but also an informed and strategically focused citizenry. )


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread