Senate Rule 22

Resolution Number SD09.26

Senate Rule 22

WHEREAS, Universal Health Care is just one of many progressive proposals President Obama has had a mandate to deliver on since last November, and one of countless progressive proposals (namely civil rights) that reactionary minorities have used Senate Rule 22 to filibuster to death in the last century; and

WHEREAS, it is needlessly defeatist to throw up our hands and give up on any legislation for which we can't count 60 senate votes, and a waste of time to fight as if we need to get to that number, when all it takes is 51 votes to change Senate Rule 22 and get rid of the filibuster altogether; and

WHEREAS, Democrats have consistently failed to use the filibuster to block even some of the most outrageously right-wing policies, thus destroying the arguments some people are bound to make about how we must preserve the filibuster for when we are in the minority;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party adopt the position that gathering the 51 votes to change Senate Rule 22 must be the first priority of any legislative agenda pursued by the Democratic Majority, and that this is the change that makes the entire rest of the President's agenda possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party write to all Democratic Senators imploring them to initiate such action immediately.

Author: Mark Bowen; Adopted by the Progressive Democratic Club;
Adopted by a majority of the DSCC members present at the CDP
Region 17 meeting, October 3, 2009.

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, San Diego
November 15, 2009

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