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ICYMI: The Senate GOP’s Selective Memory on Senate Gridlock

ICYMI: The Senate GOP’s Selective Memory on Senate Gridlock

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Senate Republicans continue to show notable hypocrisy and selective memory regarding the Senate’s recent policies and procedures, as well as their own efforts to foster gridlock in the chamber.

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ICYMI: Common Cause Highlights “Two Shameful Milestones” in U.S. Senate

ICYMI: Common Cause Highlights “Two Shameful Milestones” in U.S. Senate

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

New analysis from Common Cause highlights two recent “shameful milestones” that the current U.S. Senate should not be celebrating.

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The Consequences of Senate Republicans’ “Obstruct ‘Em All” Approach to Nominations

The Consequences of Senate Republicans’ “Obstruct ‘Em All” Approach to Nominations

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Last November’s modest reforms in the U.S. Senate helped to nudge the upper chamber back toward its traditional norm of providing an up-or-down vote for every qualified nominee.

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Fix the Senate Now Coalition Outlines Reforms to Add Accountability & Transparency

Fix the Senate Now Coalition Outlines Reforms to Add Accountability & Transparency

Monday, March 24th, 2014

A new story today in Politico highlights growing support for reforming senators’ “blue slip” veto power over judicial nominees: “Republican senators, White House aides argue, have developed what amounts to a silent filibuster, using the ‘blue slip’ tradition that gives home state senators signoff power for in-state nominees.

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Why & How the U.S. Senate Should Reform Senators’ “Blue Slip” Veto Power over Judicial Nominees

Why & How the U.S. Senate Should Reform Senators’ “Blue Slip” Veto Power over Judicial Nominees

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

In order to fully realize the potential of last November’s changes to the nominations process, the Fix the Senate Now coalition has been calling for the U.S. Senate to explore additional reforms.

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ICYMI: New Study Documents Burden of Continued Judicial Vacancies; Makes Case for Further Reforms

ICYMI: New Study Documents Burden of Continued Judicial Vacancies; Makes Case for Further Reforms

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A new study from the Brennan Center for Justice makes clear that federal trial courts remain overburdened and understaffed. While abuse of Senate rules such as the filibuster played a major role in creating this judicial backlog, last November’s reforms to the filibuster for nominations have not fully alleviated the crisis.

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ICYMI: Support Building for Additional Senate Reforms

ICYMI: Support Building for Additional Senate Reforms

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

After several years of unprecedented gridlock and obstruction, the U.S. Senate adopted reforms last November to allow majority votes for most presidential nominees. This important step forward for the chamber permitted the confirmation of over a dozen qualified judicial and executive branch nominees.

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Lack of Senate Action on Judicial Vacancies Shows Need for Further Senate Reforms

Lack of Senate Action on Judicial Vacancies Shows Need for Further Senate Reforms

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Last November’s reforms to Senate rules were a step forward that led to an initial round of confirmations for qualified nominees. Unfortunately, 2014 has proven to be a year of inaction, with Senate Republicans successfully halting or delaying the confirmations of most of President Obama’s nominees.

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Minority of Senators Filibuster Unemployment Insurance for Millions

Minority of Senators Filibuster Unemployment Insurance for Millions

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Despite a strong majority supporting a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed, a minority of Senators succeeded in filibustering the legislation this afternoon, blocking the measure from clearing the needed 60-vote threshold.

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Senate Rules Reform – The State of Play

Senate Rules Reform – The State of Play

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Without Senate reform, we likely would still be waiting to confirm three judges to vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) would still be without a Director, and the confirmations of the Chair of the Federal Reserve and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would have been uncertain.

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Senate Rules Reform: A Notable 2013 Success, but More Work to Do in 2014

Senate Rules Reform: A Notable 2013 Success, but More Work to Do in 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

After years of growing gridlock and an increasing inability to keep the Senate operating on even basic and bipartisan issues, the Senate reforms shepherded through by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November were a step back toward functional democracy.

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Despite Confirmations, Persistent Delay Tactics Show That Further Senate Reforms Needed

Despite Confirmations, Persistent Delay Tactics Show That Further Senate Reforms Needed

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Three weeks have passed since the U.S. Senate instituted sensible, democratic reforms intended to reduce gridlock and put the Senate on a path back to its traditional functionality.

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Why Senate Reform Matters – Mel Watt Confirmed as FHFA Head

Why Senate Reform Matters – Mel Watt Confirmed as FHFA Head

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Fix the Senate Now applauds the Senate for confirming Rep. Watt to this essential position. Today’s confirmation was only possible, however, due to the sensible Senate changes advanced in November.

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Senate Confirmation of Patricia Millett a Major Breakthrough, Thanks to Sensible Senate Changes

Senate Confirmation of Patricia Millett a Major Breakthrough, Thanks to Sensible Senate Changes

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

It is only through the lens of the dysfunctional Senate norms of recent years that Patricia Millett’s confirmation qualifies as a significant step forward for the U.S. Senate.

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Senate Rules Reform – Common-Sense & Common in Practice

Senate Rules Reform – Common-Sense & Common in Practice

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Those who want the U.S. Senate to operate according to its best norms and historical traditions should fully support Senate Majority Leader Reid’s (D-NV) sensible step forward today to cut down on unprecedented gridlock.

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Fix the Senate Now: U.S. Senate Moves toward Functional Democracy

Fix the Senate Now: U.S. Senate Moves toward Functional Democracy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Today, the U.S. Senate moved forward toward functional democracy by reforming Senate rules governing nominations.

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26 Organizations Join Fix the Senate Now Letter to Capitol Hill Calling for Senate Reform

26 Organizations Join Fix the Senate Now Letter to Capitol Hill Calling for Senate Reform

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

With Senate rules reform moving back to center stage in Washington, the Fix the Senate Now coalition is today sending a letter to Capitol Hill to speak out that the Senate gridlock is unacceptable.

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ICYMI: Fix the Senate Steps Up Push for Reform – Seeking to Restore Senate Norms & Traditions

ICYMI: Fix the Senate Steps Up Push for Reform – Seeking to Restore Senate Norms & Traditions

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

In the aftermath of the latest Senate Republican filibuster of a highly-qualified nominee Monday, President Obama summed-up what’s at stake: “This obstruction is completely unprecedented..."

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Timeline of Republican Obstruction

Timeline of Republican Obstruction

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The events contributing to a movement for Senate rules reform.

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Another Week, Another GOP Filibuster of Qualified Judicial Nominee

Another Week, Another GOP Filibuster of Qualified Judicial Nominee

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Robert Wilkins became the latest qualified nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the D.C. Circuit to be filibustered by Senate Republicans.

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