Resolution in support of Eliminating the Filibuster

On May 26, 2021, DID membership approved a resolution In support of eliminating the filibuster.

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The following letter was included with the resolution:

May 26, 2021

Hon. Chuck Schumer
Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator

Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator

Dear Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand:

Enclosed please find a resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats on May 26, 2021 in support of Eliminating the Filibuster.

The U.S. Constitution outlines the framework for why elimination of the filibuster is viable. The modern filibuster came from racist orgins and continues today to be mainly used to obstruct anti-racist and equity social justice policy. The U.S. Senate should amend the text of Senate Rule 22, which currently requires 60 votes to end debate on legislation, to allow for a simple majority to conduct its business.


Richard Corman


cc: Hon. Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Hon. Jerrold L. Nadler, Congressman
Hon. Carolyn Maloney, Congressman
Hon. Nydia Velázquez, Congressman
Hon. Brad Hoylman, NY State Senator
Hon. Brian Kavanagh, NY State Senator
Hon. Harvey Epstein, NY State Senator
Hon. Deborah J. Glick Assemblymember
Hon. Yuh-Line Niou, Assemblymember
Hon. Scott M. Stringer, NYC Comptroller
Hon. Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate
Hon. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Hon. Corey Johnson, Speaker, New York City Council
Hon. Margaret Chin, Council Member
Hon. Carlina Rivera, Council Member

Resolution in Support of Eliminating the Filibuster