Washington, DC – An array of national organizations and leaders are speaking out in support of a substantial package of rules reforms and against the weak Senate rules proposal unveiled last Friday to ensure a functional and deliberative Senate.
Washington, DC – A handful of Senators today unveiled a U.S. Senate rules proposal that falls well short of the meaningful change needed to overcome the unprecedented Senate obstruction of recent years. Instead of a serious reform effort, today’s offering is little more than a status quo, business as usual, recipe for continued Senate gridlock.
Engagement in “Week of Action” and Ruling in Common Cause Lawsuit Raise the Stakes
Fix the Senate Press Call featuring speakers from Alliance for Justice, Sierra Club and CWA
Hear Nan Aron from Alliance for Justice, Michael Brune of the Sierra Club and Larry Cohen of Communications Workers of America discussing the importance of Senate rules reform.
The number of newspapers calling for Senate rules reform went up this week. Check out what they had to say:
“The overuse of the filibuster and the transformation of the Senate into a supermajority-approval body are a problem of bad parliamentary design.”
-- The Economist, December 14, 2012
Washington, DC – Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim reports that a “small bipartisan group of senators opposed to broad filibuster reform are closing in on a compromise package that would derail the building momentum toward a rules change in January.” While the ultimate outcome of this negotiation is unclear, already determined are two points:
Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, writing in The Guardian: “This is a crucial moment for the progressive movement in America. But if we want to make real, lasting changes in the American way of life, we need to make some fundamental changes in how our democracy works…abuse of the Senate's filibuster rule has made it even more difficult to address major challenges on the federal level.
December 17, 2012
Majority Leader Reid, Majority Whip Durbin, and Chairman Schumer:
We are writing to express our support for your calls to reform the rules of the U.S. Senate and encourage you to move forward on a package of reforms on the first legislative day of the 113th Congress.