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Letter: Majority Doesn’t Rule

To the Editor:

On its front page May 1, the Valley News reported that the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill to increase the minimum wage. Failed? The vote was 54 in favor and 42 opposed. A solid majority of U.S senators voted in favor, just as polls tell us there is a majority in favor among American voters. Majority rules, right? Wrong. What the article did not state was that the bill was “scuttled” because Republicans applied their regular filibuster, thus thwarting majority rule. It seems to me that journalists should make this point clearly when reporting on Senate voting. Are American voters fully aware of how regularly majority rule is blocked by the GOP?

Christopher Harris