Brooks: End Filibuster Rule That Betrays American Voters


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Today, President Trump tweeted that “The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!” Consistent with President Trump, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s call to end the archaic filibuster rule in the United States Senate. Ending the archaic filibuster rule is key to implementing President Trump’s agenda, passing healthcare and tax reform legislation, balancing budgets, properly deliberating and passing spending bills, and ending the cycle of threatened government shutdowns.

Congressman Brooks said, “President Trump is right to call for the end of the Senate filibuster rule. I have been a vocal opponent of this archaic and obstructionist rule which empowers a small minority (41%) of the Senate to thwart the will of a majority of the House, a majority of the Senate, the President, and those Americans who elected those Congressmen, Senators and Presidents. As was proven by the recent Supreme Court justice filibuster rule change, and Harry Reid’s ‘Nuclear Option’ effort of a few years ago, the Senate filibuster rule can be changed by a mere majority of senators. I urge the Republican Senate majority to act on the will of the American people and repeal the filibuster rule in accord with President Trump’s request.”

Brooks added, “The Senate filibuster rule is outdated, obstructionist, and impedes progress. There is no statute or provision in the Constitution that supports a filibuster. Rather, the filibuster is an accidental creation of an 1806 Senate rules change. Decades later, astute senators figured out that the 1806 rule change empowered a minority of senators to thwart the will of the majority and kill legislation. The House of Representatives has no such rule and there is no policy reason that justifies the Senate being any different.”

Brooks concluded, “As a direct and indirect result of the filibuster rule in the 114th Congress, 543 bills that passed the House never even reached a Senate floor vote, thereby discarding the work of the House and betraying the will of American voters. I stand with President Trump. It is time to defeat the archaic filibuster rule to have a chance of implementing the Trump agenda, passing healthcare and tax reform legislation, balancing budgets, properly deliberating and passing spending bills, and ending the cycle of threatened government shutdowns.”

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