“Justice (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg’s death is really fresh in all of our minds. If Justice Breyer truly cares about protecting the legitimacy of the court, as he says he does, and his own judicial legacy, then the responsible thing for him to do is to step aside,” Tré Easton, a senior adviser for Battle Born Collective — a progressive strategy and advocacy organization — told CNN.
“Democrats should jump at the opportunity to go it alone,” Adam Jentleson, who was a senior aide to former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and is the author of a new book about the Senate filibuster rule, Kill Switch, told me. “What our politics is lacking right now is clarity. And people need to be clear that Democrats want to do certain things for people, and Republicans don’t.”
“This is 2009 and health care all over again,” said Adam Jentleson, who was an aide to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader that year.
More than 100 liberal groups are urging Senate Democrats to abolish the 60-vote threshold, using the Republican blockade of a commission to investigate the Capitol riot as a rallying cry.
“I can’t count how many pieces of House-passed legislation are languishing on Schumer’s desk so far,” said Tré Easton, a senior adviser for Battle Born Collective, a group dedicated to advancing progressive policies. “It’s good to see some crucial votes getting slated for June, but there’s a long laundry list of to-do items and an ever-dwindling legislative clock.”
Battle Born Collective, the progressive advocacy group started by HARRY REID alum REBECCA KIRSZNER KATZ and ADAM JENTLESON, is releasing a memo to Democrats raising the alarm that time is running out on the “For the People Act” (HR1 and S1) as well as filibuster reform.
“I 100 percent believe that the fate of the Democrat Party in the foreseeable future is in the balance,” said Adam Jentleson, former senator Harry M. Reid’s deputy chief of staff and author of “Kill Switch,” in which he proposes that a bill should be able to pass with a simple majority vote, not 60 votes in the 100-member Senate, as can now happen due to the filibuster.
Today, Senate Republicans filibustered a vote to begin debate on the January 6 commission which would investigate the events of the insurrection at the Capitol earlier this year. This marks the first filibuster of this Congress. Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement in response.
“It certainly forces the issue,” Jentleson said. “We don’t have much time to chase fantasies of getting to 60 on things like voting rights. Seeing Republicans filibuster this bill should speed up Democrats’ realization that the fate of our democracy rests on whether they end the filibuster.”
Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban that could have significant ramifications on the future of Roe v. Wade. Battle Born Collective Senior Advisor Tré Easton released the following statement.
Adam Jentleson, the former aide to Harry Reid, argues that ending the filibuster would allow Democrats to pass a version of the For the People Act, a package of democracy-focused reforms intended to expand access to the ballot box, make political spending more transparent, and curtail the ability of millionaires and billionaires to convert financial capital into political influence.
“The strongest defenses tend to emphasize that it’s a long-standing tradition and has a history of promoting bipartisanship,” Jentleson told me, adding that the “low level of awareness” of those folk theories means the coming P.R. battle is “much more of a jump ball situation.”