It’s not a filibuster, but a majority of Senate Democrats are calling it a “talkathon” to focus on climate change.
The effort, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz, will take place starting Monday and last until Tuesday morning, according to USA Today.
California senator Barbara Boxer said the goal is to “wake up Congress” about the dangers of climate change.
The marathon session is not technically a filibuster in part because there is no legislation under debate, but overnight sessions are rare and likely to draw media attention to the topic — which is precisely the goal.
On Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration is totally behind the effort.
“We commend those who are participating because it’s a very important subject that the president, as you know, is concerned about and has a climate action plan dedicated to addressing,” Jay Carney said.
The Democrats have 28 senators on the schedule to speak during the “talkathon.”
Via USA Today