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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Blocked Surgeon General Nominee the Latest Reminder of GOP Obstruction

Blocked Surgeon General Nominee the Latest Reminder of GOP Obstruction

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

As the world continues to prepare and respond to the spread of the Ebola virus, the president’s pick to be U.S. Surgeon General is missing in action due to Senate gridlock and obstruction.

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ICYMI: Senator Leahy Blasts GOP’s “Systematic Filibuster of Every Judicial Nominee”

ICYMI: Senator Leahy Blasts GOP’s “Systematic Filibuster of Every Judicial Nominee”

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

With Congress heading home for the 2014 election season, U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reminds us of the important work the Senate has left to do on judicial nominations.

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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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