Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
The Fix the Senate Now coalition expresses gratitude to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the Senate Democratic caucus for prioritizing and confirming dozens of nominees in recent days.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
While heartened by reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is planning to make significant progress on pending nominations before shuttering the Senate of the 113th Congress, the Fix the Senate Now coalition calls on Senators to ensure that nominees to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) are included in any package of nominations moving forward.
Monday, December 8th, 2014
After last November's sensible Senate reforms - spurred by Republicans' mass-blockade of qualified nominees - the Senate GOP has tried to waste the maximum amount of Senate time possible to slow Senate progress.
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Alliance for Justice (AFJ) President Nan Aron and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen have a new opinion piece published at Huffington Post reflecting on Senate rules reform after one year.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
There is a record number of nominees pending on the Executive Calendar requiring Senate confirmation. Many of them have been waiting months in limbo - some for years - awaiting votes on their nominations.
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice, responds to a Wall Street Journal op-ed on judicial nominations after the 2014 midterm elections.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
One week out from Election Day 2014, the federal agency tasked with ensuring modern and functional elections in our country is toothless due to Senate Republicans’ 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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
The U.S. Senate will be in session for just several more weeks before this November’s midterm elections...
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:
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.
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.
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.