Jan 17, 2013
CWA President Cohen and Bill Moyers discuss filibuster and Senate rules reform. Photo credit: Dale Robbins/Moyers & Company
CWA President Larry Cohen has been making the case for real Senate rules reform on several news and political shows.
The campaign to reform the Senate rules has less than a week to go, with the Senate expected to vote on a reform proposal next Wed., Jan. 23.
- Earlier this week, Cohen and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), one of the leaders of real Senate reform, appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation to talk about why ending the silent filibuster was so important. "You can name almost any issue that we all care about — whether it's workers' rights, whether it's health care reform, whether it's immigration, the DISCLOSE Act, fighting foreclosures. None of those bills ever get the floor," Cohen told host Al Sharpton. "They filibuster the motion to proceed. They don't talk. They can call the cloak room from anywhere in the country, and one senator objects. And then it takes 60 to move the bill forward. This is a disgrace. No democracy in the world operates like this," he said.
- This weekend, watch Larry Cohen talk about filibuster reform with Bill Moyers on the award winning Moyers and Company.
Here's the PBS promo: On this week's Moyers & Company (check the broadcast time in your area), Larry Cohen, president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America, joins Moyers to make the case for common-sense filibuster reform that would bring the Senate back to serving democracy. Cohen is a leader of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of nearly 50 progressive organizations campaigning hard to change the filibuster rules — not to deny a minority the right to be heard, but to hold Senators accountable by bringing back the requirement that they show up in person and talk in plain sight, so we can know who's holding democracy hostage. But time is not on their side. Unless the Senate reforms the filibuster on Tuesday, the minority wrecking crew remains in charge for the next two years. "We think our members and working people in this country and most Americans would say it's fair: people get elected, at some point the majority should rule," Cohen tells Bill Moyers.
- On Friday, Jan. 18, Cohen will talk Senate rules with Ed Schultz on the Ed Show. Tune in to MSNBC at 8 p.m. EST.
- This ad is running now and early next week on cable television news and political shows.