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Washington, DC – 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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Washington, DC – 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.

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July 24, 2014

To:      Interested Parties

From: Fix the Senate Now

Re:      Senate Gridlock & Senate Reform

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Washington, DC – 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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Washington, DC – 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. 

The piece (behind a paywall), reads in part:

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And Why Mitch McConnell’s Complaints about Senate Gridlock Are like Luis Suarez Complaining about Biting in Soccer

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate has made significant advances in recent weeks toward reducing the judicial backlog and confirming judges to fill key vacancies. Building on the success of last November’s Senate rules changes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Democrats have met Republican obstruction head-on, made nominations a priority, and filled an array of vacancies – including 22 judicial nominees confirmed during just the most recent Senate work period alone.

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Washington, DC – Senate filibuster abuse is back in the news this week, spurred by new comments from President Obama and several documentations of the record Senate gridlock he has faced during his administration.

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Despite Last November’s Reforms & Recent Progress on Judicial Backlog, New Study Shows Nominees Remain Caught Up in Senate Gridlock


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This Week Delivers Record-Breaking Cloture Vote for a Single Senate and Reminder that Filibusters Continue to Block Popular Issues Such As Minimum Wage Hike   

Washington, DC – Last week has delivered two reminders of why obstruction in the U.S. Senate remains a pressing concern: