Defend Democracy—End the Filibuster – Ms. Magazine

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The Senate filibuster allows a minority in the Senate to prevent the adoption of important legislation—even when the president and majorities in both the House and Senate are in favor.

The filibuster is a powerful mechanism because it requires 60 senators to override it by voting to end debate, a process known as cloture. (Good.Is)

Democracy requires two qualities—a government whose leaders are chosen by free and fair elections, and decisions that reflect the will of the majority.

Surprisingly, the U.S. does not always acknowledge the principle of majority vote. The unusual role of the Electoral College in presidential elections is but one example. On several occasions, the winner of the popular vote did not become president. In 2016, for example, Hillary Clinton received 48 percent of the popular vote, whereas Donald Trump received 46 percent. Yet the Electoral…

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