Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Senate procedural rules are self-imposed and complicated. The filibuster, which was originally a delay of voting by continuous speaking on the floor, has been effectively changed to the requirement of 60 votes (instead of a majority of 51) out of 100 to make progress on bills (due to cloture rules). This makes it virtually impossible to pass legislation when a minority simply threatens a filibuster (they no longer have to stand and speak on an issue). Senators can change this - if they are willing to support reasonable majority votes, rather than supporting or fighting current filibuster rules depending whether they are in the minority or majority at the given moment.

"Filibusters have proliferated because under current rules just one or two determined senators can stop the Senate from functioning. Today, the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stop a vote; senators are rarely asked to pull all-nighters like Jimmy Stewart in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'" ― Evan Bayh

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