Progressive Groups Branch Out To Tackle Filibuster, Big Money, Voting
Fed up with gridlock on Capitol Hill, an unlikely coalition of leading environmental, labor and civil rights groups is mobilizing to push for an overhaul of Senate filibuster, campaign finance and voting rules.
Organizers say this emerging “democracy” movement is prompting mainstream progressive groups to branch beyond their core issues to take on procedural and institutional battles typically left to government watchdogs. The Senate filibuster, unrestricted political money and curbs on ballot access are all blocking action on broader policy issues, from clean energy to jobs, they argue.
Key organizers include the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the Communications Workers of America and the NAACP, whose leaders are convening a Dec. 10 meeting in Washington of some 75 progressive organizations.
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