So I’m sure yesterday you all saw on your Facebook, Twitter, or News apps mention of a Filibuster taking place in the Senate. I’m sure many of you were like “what the F is a filibuster?”
Filibuster in The US Senate- When a senator attempts to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a bill by extending the debate on the measure. The rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn” (usually 60 out of 100 senators) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture (a motion or process in parliamentary procedure aimed at bringing debate to a quick end).
Yesterday, Connecticut Junior Senator Chris Murphy “held the floor” for almost 15 hours. He did not break once to eat or use the facilities but maintained control of the floor until the GOP agreed to allow a vote on a proposed gun control measure. “I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks”.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, has said he and his GOP colleagues are open to legislation that would ban such sales (to people on the terror watch list, no fly list, felons, etc) but only if it includes due process protections for individuals listed to appeal their gun ban. This is called progress. This is called compromise.
We tend to lean towards skepticism when it comes to politicians. Most of us widely believe they aren’t trying to make a difference in OUR lives, but in their own. Most of us believe that they are all money-grubbing, power hungry people. Yesterday, Senator Murphy, I think, proved that is not the case for every politician. He stood and spoke for almost 15 hours because he passionately believes in something. Whether you agree with him or not isn’t the point. He represented everything that is good and right about our system. He spoke for hours and in the end, he wasn’t just shut down.
What I ask you to do for yourselves today is call your Senator. Be a part of the process. Whether you are calling to ask your Senator to vote yes or vote no. Make the call. It takes 5 minutes. If you feel so strongly one way or the other, don’t hit the internet with a meme about it. Call your Senators.
Contact your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
“I am calling to ask you to vote yes/no on the gun vote”
Be a part of the process.