Today, on President Biden’s 100th day in office, Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement.
President Biden made major commitments to the American people rooted in his core promise to “restore the soul of the nation.” One hundred days into his administration, with unified Democratic control of Congress, strides have been made toward erasing the stain of the previous administration and setting the country on a different path.
“We would not be in a moment where we are even talking about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act without grassroots efforts, without Black Lives Matter, without all of the individuals who took to the streets last summer,” said Tré Easton, a former Senate staffer working with the progressive group Battle Born Collective.
Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 51 to make Washington, D.C. the nation’s 51st state. Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement in response.
Today, Senator Edward Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reintroduced the Green New Deal and introduced the The Civilian Climate Corps Act of 2021. Battle Born Collective released the following statement in response.
As Adam Jentleson points out, many civil-rights bills that were blocked by the the filibuster had enjoyed overwhelming public support: In 1941, 63 percent of the American public favored ending the poll tax. In 1937, 72 percent supported anti-lynching laws.
The next two years might be the country’s last chance to protect the basic democratic principle of majority rule.
“I think it has played an enormous role in protecting the filibuster because it portrayed it in a favorable light,” says Adam Jentleson, the author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and former deputy chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid. He says that the movie comes up in just about every interview he does and “a big part of the current debate is, ’This is not what the filibuster is anymore.’”
Jentleson, who wrote “Kill Switch,” a book about the filibuster as a “crippling” force, described Democratic senators as a “lagging indicator” of where the party is heading and predicted that eventually they will fold amid intense pressure from their own supporters.
Just four Senate Democrats have yet to express openness to filibuster reform or call for abolishing the Jim Crow relic.
Today, Battle Born Collective, Data For Progress, Justice Democrats, and Sunrise Movement put out the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan.
“Other senators had seen how effective it was as a legislative tool of obstruction against civil rights and decided to start experimenting with it on their own pet issues,” said Democrat Adam Jentleson, who was chief of staff to Reid and the author of the book Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.