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: 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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