American People to U.S. Senate: Move Forward on Real Rules Reform


Coalition’s Day of Action Makes Presence Felt on Hill & in Key States

Washington, DC – As the time for a vote on U.S. Senate rules reform draws closer, the Fix the Senate Now coalition and hundreds of thousands of Americans are making their voices heard in support of real Senate rules reform, such as the S. Res. 4 package of reforms introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). 

Writing in the Washington Post, Jonathan Bernstein notes that the ultimate outcome of the Senate reform effort will be largely dependent on whether Senators hear from outside organizations and the public in support of reform.  Through today’s Day of Action from the Fix the Senate Now coalition and allied organizations, Americans are sending a loud, clear message:  

  • Nearly One Million Petition Signatures Supporting Real Reform Delivered to Senate Offices: Today, the coalition will deliver close to one million petition signatures to 16 Senate offices. Leading coalition organizations such as the AFL-CIO, Alliance for Justice, Common Cause, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Credo, Daily Kos, Greenpeace, Rebuild the Dream, UAW, and Working America are delivering CDs to Senators burned with signatures from their home states .  They’re also delivering a national disc featuring more than 500,000 signatures to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), urging support for S. Res. 4.
  • Email & Phone Campaign into Overdrive: 36 organizations are sending out emails like this one  today encouraging phone calls to the Senate in support of substantial rules reform. Already, Senate offices have received more than 75,000 phone contacts from Americans demanding real rules reform.
  • Expanded In-State Visibility, Including Petition Deliveries in Eight States: Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Credo, and Progress Maryland are among the organizations delivering petitions to ten key Senators, filled with signatures from their home states Thirteen  California organizations released a new letter to California Senators Boxer and Feinstein urging support for S. Res. 4. More than 60 New York organizations signed onto and released a letter urging Senator Chuck Schumer to help shepherd through real Senate reform, such as S. Res. 4.  Other states seeing petition drives and deliveries include Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio.
  • HuffPost Politics “Takeover” and Signature Drive: CWA also announced a “takeover” of the Huffington Post Politics section today, with ads that ask users to support efforts to “reduce global warming” or “create good jobs now” or “pass real immigration reform.” When the user tries to access the “click here” button to take action, it moves around, making it impossible to access. Eventually, the screen changes to, “Sorry, the silent filibuster makes it impossible to move forward” and then provides a link to a real petition around ending the silent filibuster and supporting rules reform.  Since its launch overnight, the effort has generated over 3,250 signatures.

Today’s actions are in addition to the more than $300,000 paid media campaign launched by CWA  on behalf of Senate rules reform, which includes this  ad, “The U.S. Senate is Broken – But We Can Fix It,” to run during this Sunday’s morning network news broadcasts and on cable throughout this week.

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