What’s Going On in the Senate?

What’s Going On in the Senate?

The U.S. Senate rules allow a handful of senators to stop the rest from making any progress. Senators don’t even get to debate about really important legislation on the Senate floor, let alone vote, and no one is held accountable. It is time to reform the rules. Let's fix the Senate. More »

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Senate GOP: Corporate Money Should Be Unfettered, Up-or-Down Votes Should Be Restricted

Senate GOP: Corporate Money Should Be Unfettered, Up-or-Down Votes Should Be Restricted

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Despite support from a majority of 54 Senators, the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture on the S.J. Res 19 “Democracy for All” amendment, blocking it from advancing to a final vote. In response, the Fix the Senate Now coalition issued the following statement.

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Will Senate Republicans Keep Blocking Ambassador Nominees?

Will Senate Republicans Keep Blocking Ambassador Nominees?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The U.S. Senate will be in session for just several more weeks before this November’s midterm elections...

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ICYMI: Why Senate Rules Reform Mattered and Why There is More Work to Do

ICYMI: Why Senate Rules Reform Mattered and Why There is More Work to Do

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Last Friday, a Politico story by Burgess Everett offered a reminder why last November’s rules reform were an essential step forward for the chamber:

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ICYMI: Two Dozen Ambassador Nominees Blocked By GOP Temper Tantrum in U.S. Senate

ICYMI: Two Dozen Ambassador Nominees Blocked By GOP Temper Tantrum in U.S. Senate

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Before the Senate departed for its August recess, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) attempted to confirm two dozen foreign service officers to fill vacant ambassadorships in countries throughout the world. However, Senate Republicans blocked all two dozen of these potential confirmations.

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ICYMI: Vacant Ambassadorships Latest Reminder of Senate Gridlock’s Toll on Government Functioning

ICYMI: Vacant Ambassadorships Latest Reminder of Senate Gridlock’s Toll on Government Functioning

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz write in a Washington Post piece titled, “Senate Clock is Ticking as Nominees Wait on Their Fate,” of the disturbing backlog of ambassadors and other executive branch nominees waiting on the U.S. Senate to provide confirmation votes.

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