Filibuster Reform Needed More Than Ever to Avert Politics As Usual
Washington, DC – The disappointing misuse of the filibuster in the Senate again today underscores the urgent need to reform the rules by which government operates. The fact that the filibuster was used to sidestep voting on an issue as central to democracy as voting rights underscores its importance to the survival of our country, upon which citizen involvement in voting was a founding premise.
“Restricting the right of eligible citizens to vote erodes our democracy on which business depends for fair and just application of the rules governing free markets,” said Thomas Oppel, Executive Vice President of the American Sustainable Business Council. “Congress has a duty, under section 1 of the Constitution, to protect the people’s right to vote and the current filibuster laws are interfering with this duty. We must amend the filibuster now.”
ASBC and SVC call for the Senate to amend its filibuster rules to allow passage of federal voting rights legislation. In support of President Biden’s commitment to voting rights and the fight to protect our democracy, we also reaffirm our support for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is a partner to businesses and the investor community to bring collective wisdom and public policy solutions to the systemic issues negatively impacting our society and planet. Founded through the merger of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), ASBN rejects short-term thinking narrowly focused on just shareholder value in favor of a capitalism based on creating long-term value and being accountable to all stakeholders: owners, workers, families, community, environment, state, nation, and world. As a multi-issue, membership organization advocating on behalf of every business sector, size, and geography, ASBN and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.