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 »
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted Senate Republicans’ continued “obstruction for obstruction’s sake,” noting that Senate Republicans "put up roadblock after roadblock" and seek to waste the maximum amount of Senate time in the confirmation of even non-controversial nominees.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
An important new read in the energy and environmental publication Greenwire, titled “Top jobs vacant as nominees languish in confirmation limbo,” highlights how Senate Republicans’ obstruction has blocked a series of key energy and environmental nominees from receiving a vote in the Senate, causing these important executive branch jobs to remain unfilled.
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared this week that “the Senate has reached a new level of dysfunction.” As Steve Benen of MSNBC noted in response, “hearing Mitch McConnell complain about Capitol Hill dysfunction is a bit like hearing Uruguay’s Luis Suarez complaining about biting in soccer. It requires a failure of self-awareness that’s almost too staggering to contemplate.”
Friday, May 30th, 2014
The U.S. Senate has made significant advances in recent weeks toward reducing the judicial backlog and confirming judges to fill key vacancies.
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Senate filibuster abuse is back in the news this week, spurred by new comments from President Obama and several documentations of the record Senate gridlock he has faced during his administration.