WASHINGTON (July 19, 2021)—The Union of Involved Scientists (UCS) understands that simply as science is required to make sure that the general public coverage course of is efficient, a wholesome and functioning democracy is required to make sure that insurance policies are simply. As a member of the Declaration for American Democracy (DFAD) coalition, a bunch of greater than 200 civil rights, labor, justice, religion, and environmental organizations, UCS has joined the call to end the Senate’s filibuster rule, selecting progress over stagnation and voter suppression.
Beneath is a press release by Johanna Chao Kreilick, president of the Union of Involved Scientists.
“The filibuster has no Constitutional foundation and was by no means supposed to be a de facto supermajority requirement for the U.S. Senate to hold out its work—however that’s precisely what it has change into in follow, and as such it has change into one of many main impediments to responsive, accountable, and democratic governance. Traditionally, the filibuster has usually been deployed towards civil rights laws, together with voting rights and anti-lynching payments. In 2009, it derailed local weather laws—this 12 months, it has served to stop a easy majority from passing widespread, much-needed reforms to our voting system or investigating the violent assault on our democracy on Jan. 6 on the Capitol.
“Each scientist, engineer, and science advocate understands that design rules matter, and the identical holds for the design of political establishments. If the theoretical function of the filibuster is to create bipartisan consensus, it has clearly failed by itself phrases. Our opposition to the filibuster, and principled stance to abolish, is each science-based and evidence-backed; by privileging a minority that helps the established order and election subversion, the filibuster distorts the policymaking course of and inhibits our capability to handle the nation’s most urgent challenges—from local weather change to safeguarding our democracy. The more and more routine use of the filibuster lately has include exacerbated political polarization, gridlock, and dysfunction. Furthermore, the inequity it creates in favor of established pursuits sustains political and social injustices that can’t be addressed with out ending this procedural political tactic.
“To create honest and efficient insurance policies, we’d like a wholesome, democratic course of that displays the participation of all voters, solutions their considerations, and holds elected officers accountable. It’s clear that the filibuster has change into not simply an occasional procedural instrument, however a roadblock to accountable governance of any sort.”