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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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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