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Washington, DC – Three weeks have passed since the U.S. Senate instituted sensible, democratic reforms intended to reduce gridlock and put the Senate on a path back to its traditional functionality.

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Washington, DC – This afternoon, by a 57-41 margin, a majority of the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  Fix the Senate Now applauds the Senate for confirming Rep. Watt to this essential position. Today’s confirmation was only possible, however, due to the sensible Senate changes advanced in November.

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Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, by a 56-38 vote margin.

The following is a statement from Fix the Senate Now:

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To:      Interested Parties
From:  Fix the Senate Now
Date:  
November 21, 2013
Re:     
Senate Rules Reform – Common-Sense & Common in Practice 

Overview

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“Ensuring that Qualified Nominees Can Be Judged on Merits & Receive an Up-or-Down Vote Should Not Be a Contentious Notion”

 

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate moved forward toward functional democracy by reforming Senate rules governing nominations.

The following is a statement from Fix the Senate Now:

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Washington, DC – With Senate rules reform moving back to center stage in Washington, the Fix the Senate Now coalition is today sending a letter to Capitol Hill to speak out that the Senate gridlock is unacceptable.

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Washington, DC – In the aftermath of the latest Senate Republican filibuster of a highly-qualified nominee Monday, President Obama summed-up what’s at stake: “This obstruction is completely unprecedented … When it comes to judicial nominations, I am fulfilling my constitutional responsibility, but Congress is not. Instead, Senate Republicans are standing in the way of a fully functioning judiciary that serves the American people."

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2010: Citing record use of filibusters in the Senate, Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., seek rules change.

January 2011: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reach "handshake agreement" deal on scaled-down rules reform.

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Fix the Senate Now: “Those intent on preserving the norms and traditions of the U.S. Senate should embrace this rules reform effort…”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Robert Wilkins became the latest qualified nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the D.C. Circuit to be filibustered by Senate Republicans.  Despite receiving support from a majority of Senators, including Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)], the filibuster blocks Wilkins’ nomination from moving forward to an up-or-down vote.

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Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit – the second time in the past two weeks that Senate Republicans have denied an up-or-down vote on the nomination of a qualified nominee to the DC Circuit and the third highly qualified woman in a row to be blocked by Senate Republicans for a vacant DC Circuit slot.