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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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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