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For Immediate Release

Anushka Sarkar,

Senate's Convoluted Debt Ceiling Deal Makes the Case for Reforming The Filibuster

Sean Eldridge, President and Founder of Stand Up America, released the following statement in response to reports that Senate leaders have reached a deal to suspend the filibuster and allow the debt ceiling to be raised without the support of Senate Republicans.
"Faced with the frightening prospect of the United States defaulting on our debt, the proposed solution is a convoluted legislative maneuver that highlights the Senate's growing dysfunction. This deal makes clear the need to reform the filibuster to make the Senate work for the American people.
"If our senators are willing to suspend the filibuster to protect our economy, they should be willing to suspend it to protect our democracy and our freedom to vote."

Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to strengthen our democracy and oppose Trump's corrupt agenda, Stand Up America has driven over 600,000 phone calls to Congress and mobilized tens of thousands of protestors across the country.