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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.