Washington, DC – After last November’s sensible Senate reforms – spurred by Republicans’ mass-blockade of qualified nominees – the Senate GOP has tried to waste the maximum amount of Senate time possible to slow Senate progress. The extent of their commitment to time-wasting is revealed by the fact that nearly three dozen nominations have been subject to cloture votes or reconsidered votes since last November – only to then be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Washington, DC – Alliance for Justice (AFJ) President Nan Aron and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen have a new opinion piece published at Huffington Post reflecting on Senate rules reform after one year.
In a strongly worded letter to Senate leadership, 33 organizations urged the Senate to move forward more than 150 nominees to judgeships, ambassadorships, and important executive offices charged with protecting our health, safety, workers, and the environment.
Republicans regain control of the Senate and already the self-serving, revisionist history has begun. In a joint op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, GOP Senator Orrin Hatch and former White House counsel under President George H. W. Bush, C.
Mass-Blockade of Executive Branch Nominees Has Harmed EAC – the Agency Tasked with Ensuring Modern and Functional Elections in the U.S.
Washington, DC – One week out from Election Day 2014, the federal agency tasked with ensuring modern and functional elections in our country is toothless due to Senate Republicans’ obstruction.
Washington, DC – As the world continues to prepare and respond to the spread of the Ebola virus, the president’s pick to be U.S. Surgeon General is missing in action due to Senate gridlock and obstruction.
Washington, DC – With Congress heading home for the 2014 election season, U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reminds us of the important work the Senate has left to do on judicial nominations.
Washington, DC – Despite support from a majority of 54 Senators, the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture on the S.J. Res 19 “Democracy for All” amendment, blocking it from advancing to a final vote. In response, the Fix the Senate Now coalition issued the following statement:
Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate will be in session for just several more weeks before this November’s midterm elections. While few observers expect major breakthroughs on legislation in the interim, the Senate has the opportunity and responsibility to move past obstruction and to address a spate of important vacancies.
Washington, DC – 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:
“The Senate barely does anything these days — except approve judges that could shape the law for a generation.