Battle Born Collective Statement on Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s Rebuke of the Filibuster

Today on the floor of the Senate, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin offered a stinging rebuke of the modern filibuster. In his remarks, Sen. Durbin detailed the racist history of the filibuster and called the arcane rule “the death grip of democracy” and blamed it for turning “the world’s greatest deliberative body into one of the world’s most ineffectual bodies.”

Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement in response: 

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Durbin, who used his powerful platform to underscore the urgent need for filibuster reform. As the highest-ranking Senate leader to come out against the filibuster, Senator Durbin’s speech represents a major moment in the fight for reform.

“In his remarks, Sen. Durbin detailed the filibuster’s racist origins, highlighted the true intentions of the framers, and put in stark relief how the Jim Crow filibuster has restricted progress in the modern Senate. In the coming weeks, Senate Democrats will be faced with the decision to either follow through on promises they campaigned and won on, or continue to allow an archaic rule to block all progress. The choice should be clear. 

“We applaud Senator Durbin for his decisive leadership today in calling for filibuster reform.”

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