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 »
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.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
New analysis from Common Cause highlights two recent “shameful milestones” that the current U.S. Senate should not be celebrating.
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.
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.
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.