Now is the time for the U.S. Senate to do the right thing and call a vote on crucial voting rights legislation. Future generations are counting on us to protect our democracy. I wrote out some thoughts about why this is so important. usatoday.com/story/opinion/…

The filibuster has no basis in the Constitution, and in recent years, it has become a routine way for the Senate minority to block important progress on issues supported by the majority of voters. But we can’t allow it to be used to block efforts to protect our democracy.

That’s why I fully support @POTUS’s call to modify Senate rules as necessary to make sure pending voting rights legislation gets called for a vote. And every American who cares about the survival of our most cherished institutions should support the President’s call as well.

@BarackObama @POTUS Doesn’t the filibuster cut both ways? Doesn’t it ensure bad legislation isn’t passed regardless of party?

@BarackObama @POTUS Thank you, President Obama! We need your voice!

@BarackObama @POTUS When the man speaks we should all listen.

@BarackObama @POTUS Would u you do it/support it if the majority/minority parties were switched? Did you have an opportunity to do that when you were in office?

@BarackObama @POTUS Thank you, @BarackObama. Our top priority must be to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, reforming the rules and restoring the Senate to working order to get it done.

@zachcrates @BarackObama @POTUS If you had politicians capable of truly scrutinising and amending bad legislation and a less arbitrary system you wouldn't need filibusters