Reps. Crow, Bush, Jayapal, and Casten lead Broad Coalition of Nearly 100 House Democrats in Calling for an Immediate End to the Filibuster

April 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06), Cori Bush (MO-01), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Sean Casten (IL-06), and nearly 100 House Democrats sent a letter urging Senate Democrats to end the filibuster so that Congress can deliver on the promises made to the voters who gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, Senate, and Presidency.

In their letter, the Members demonstrated the need to put people over procedure in order to move forward with legislation to protect voting rights, establish a $15 minimum wage, prevent gun violence, reform our country’s immigration system, achieve climate and environmental justice, protect workers, begin to transform our criminal-legal system, and so many more urgent, life-saving policy priorities.

“This is an existential moment for our country,” the Members wrote. “We must end the gridlock that has become common practice in Washington and govern boldly and transformatively to improve the lives of millions of people, children, and families all across the country. For too many people in our communities, their very survival is at stake. Republicans are well aware of this reality. It is why they are passing legislation at the state level across the country in an attempt to suppress the votes of Black, brown and Indigenous people. It is also why they are preventing the Senate from advancing critical legislation that can meet the needs of the people we represent.”

 “We urge Senate Democrats to do what it takes to pass an agenda that meets the needs of everyday people, including eliminating the filibuster. We understand the balance of power and share a desire to maintain a healthy political environment through bipartisanship. However, what has become patently clear is that we cannot let a procedural tool that can be abolished stand in the way of justice, prosperity, and equity. We simply cannot afford such a catastrophic compromise. We must legislate towards a better, more just America -- and that requires us to do what’s necessary to deliver for the communities that we all represent,” the members continued.  

Rep. Crow speaking at a podium surrounded by Members of Congress

Crow spoke earlier today about the urgency of eliminating the filibuster at a press conference with his colleagues. You can watch his remarks here.

More than 20 grassroots organizations joined the coalition of House Democrats and endorsed the letter, calling on the Senate to end the filibuster and deliver the bold, progressive legislation the American people want and need.

A PDF of the letter can be found here.