The anti-gun organization has dropped $40,000 to buy digital ads that encourage its supporters to pressure their Senators to kill the filibuster. The Brady United believes that the filibuster is stopping anti-gun legislation from passing in Congress. The group doesn’t think gun control will successfully pass the Senate as long as the rule exists.
“In the past four Congresses, the filibuster has stopped life-saving and common-sense legislation such as expanded and strengthened background checks from passing the Senate, creating a chilling effect on such legislation even as these policies attract overwhelming support from the American public, including majorities of both parties,” The Brady United organization said in their press release.
The filibuster means that for a bill to pass the Senate, a supermajority (60 votes) must vote to end debate before the Senate can vote to pass it. The rule prevents the minority party from being marginalized. It protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority. There is a 50/50 split in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. There are no such protections in the House of Representatives where more radical bills are passed.
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