November 22, 2013
The Senate majority today voted to change the body's rules to ensure judicial and executive branch nominees receive an up or down vote. Faced with unprecedented obstruction and broken agreements by the Minority, Senator Reid had no other choice.
The Woman's National Democratic Club believes that democracy works best when a Congress works for the long-term national interests of the country and where a clear will of the majority is allowed to be heard. Abuse of long-standing rules – in particular the filibuster -- plays into the hands of those who would like to see us flounder and fail as a nation.
WNDC joins with other members of the Fix the Senate Now Coalition in thanking Senator Reid for acting to end obstruction in the Senate. Act now to get out a thank you graphic to Senator Reid on Facebook and Twitter. Follow these simple instructions:
Visit the http://on.fb.me/1bao6zJ to share the Facebook graphic. (Note: Graphics are much more likely to be shared on Facebook.)
After months of Republican empty promises and broken agreements, today, Senator Harry Reid and nearly every Democratic Senator have acted to end Senate gridlock and obstruction on Presidential nominations. Like this to say thank you to Senator Reid and the senators who stood with him!
Click to Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/_B08w
November 20, 2013
Want to know where in the Constitution you would find any provision for filibusters? You won't! As noted in a Rachel Maddow Show several months ago, the Founding Fathers considered making the Senate a supermajority chamber, but they decided against it. “They rejected that big time,” says Rachel.
“In a Federalist 22, Alexander Hamilton wrote that a super majority Congress would in practice serve to, quote,‘embarrass the administration, destroy the energy of government, and substitute the pleasure, caprice or artifices of an insignificant, turbulent, or corrupt junta to the regular deliberations and decisions of a respectable majority.’”
November 20, 2013
WNDC is a member of the Fix the Senate Now Coalition. Stay connected via the Fix the Senate Now website where you’ll find the latest news and resources in this effort to end the gridlock and allow the Senate to meet some of our country’s greatest challenges.
"Note in particular that WNDC is one of 26 organizations to Join Fix the Senate Now Coalition letter to Capitol Hill Calling for Senate Reform, November 20, 2013"
November 13, 2013
Republicans in the US Senate yesterday again used the filibulster to block the nomination of a White House judicial nominee. This time it was Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, nominated by the President to the DC Circuit Court.. The Fix the Senate Now Coalition, of which WNDC is a member, had this to say immediately after the filibuster:
"This is the second time in the past two weeks that Senate Republicans have filibustered the nomination of a qualified nominee to the DC Circuit and the third highly qualified woman in a row to be filibustered by Senate Republicans for a vacant DC Circuit slot. Already, Senate Republicans are pledging to filibuster another nominee to the DC Circuit, Robert Wilkins." Read entire news release here.
Post the News Release, as well as a graphic across Facebook and Twitter. (Note: Graphics are much more likely to be shared.)
Visit http://on.fb.me/17n2UR1to share the Facebook post.
AND/OR feel free to copy this text to your Facebook:
Today in the U.S. Senate, Republicans filibustered the nomination of Nina Pillard to fill one of three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit. She's the third highly qualified woman in a row to be filibustered to that slot. http://bit.ly/1cSLjIn It's time for Senators to end the gridlock games and back rules reform. Call your Senators today at 1-866-937-4359 to demand rules reform!
Click to Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/g_i3w
OPPOSE FAST-TRACKING THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT SUBJECT: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
November 13, 2013
Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? It’s a massive trade pact that is being negotiated behind closed doors between the United States and 11 countries across the Pacific Rim. The agreement would have devastating impacts for our climate, air, and water. It would, for example, lead to more natural gas exports from the United States; more fracking in the United States; and would empower corporations to sue governments over environmental laws and policies that they allege reduce their profits.
What’s worse is that Congress is now drafting legislation that could put the agreement on the “fast track” towards approval, with very little public or Congressional debate.
As trade expands in places such as the Pacific Rim, the potential for damage to the environment also increases, leaving potentially devastating impacts on sharks, trees, and other wildlife.
We need a real conversation on the impacts of this trade agreement on communities and the environment, but “fast-track” legislation would actually limitpublic and Congressional input and debate. “Fast Track” would allow the President to sign the Trans-Pacific Trade pact before sending it to Congress for straight up-and-down votes with limited debate and zero amendments. With fast-track, Congress cannot effectively oversee trade negotiations and ensure the contents of trade pacts protect the public interest.