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Thank You Harry Reid & Senate Rules Reform (and Yes, Ted Cruz)

Thank You Harry Reid & Senate Rules Reform (and Yes, Ted Cruz)

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.

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The Senate Should Move Election Assistance Commission Nominees Forward Before Shutting Its Doors

The Senate Should Move Election Assistance Commission Nominees Forward Before Shutting Its Doors

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.

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Don’t Reward Obstruction: U.S. Senate Should Do Its Job & Vote on Qualified Nominees Before Leaving

Don’t Reward Obstruction: U.S. Senate Should Do Its Job & Vote on Qualified Nominees Before Leaving

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.

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ICYMI: “U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead”

ICYMI: “U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead”

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.

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FTSN Urges Senate Leadership to Confirm Outstanding Nominees

FTSN Urges Senate Leadership to Confirm Outstanding Nominees

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.

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Republican Claims About Judicial Nominations Combine Gross Inaccuracies With Banal Observations

Republican Claims About Judicial Nominations Combine Gross Inaccuracies With Banal Observations

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.

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Ahead of 2014 Elections, Senate GOP Obstruction Exacts Toll on U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Ahead of 2014 Elections, Senate GOP Obstruction Exacts Toll on U.S. Election Assistance Commission

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.

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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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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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FTSN Memo: Senate Gridlock & Senate Reform

FTSN Memo: Senate Gridlock & Senate Reform

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Despite positive steps steering the Senate back in the direction of functional democracy, close observers of the chamber recognize that more work needs to be done.

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Harry Reid is Right: The U.S. Senate Should Adopt “Use it or Lose it” Reforms

Harry Reid is Right: The U.S. Senate Should Adopt “Use it or Lose it” Reforms

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.

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ICYMI: Top Energy & Environmental Nominees “Languish in Confirmation Limbo” Due to Senate Gridlock

ICYMI: Top Energy & Environmental Nominees “Languish in Confirmation Limbo” Due to Senate Gridlock

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.

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New Reminders Why Senate Rules Reform Remains Essential

New Reminders Why Senate Rules Reform Remains Essential

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.”

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Use it or Lose It: A Sensible Change for the U.S. Senate to Reduce Time Wasting on Nominees

Use it or Lose It: A Sensible Change for the U.S. Senate to Reduce Time Wasting on Nominees

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.

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Why President Obama Just Called for Additional Filibuster Reform

Why President Obama Just Called for Additional Filibuster Reform

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.

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