The use of the filibuster, a procedural tactic used in the U.S. Senate to stall or block new legislation, has changed dramatically over the years. It was once used to speed the passage of legislation, but now is mostly used to slows it down or block debate completely. In the last six years, there have been over 300 filibusters used to block progress.
Making the Senate work again for the American people is a top priority of ADA. That's why we support Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Harkin's (D-IA) resolution to change the rules to require a “talking filibuster” instead of the current “silent filibuster.” If a Senator wants to stop a piece of legislation, he or she should at least be required to speak in order to halt the legislation.