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Washington, DC – From pressing legislation to judicial vacancies to executive branch nominations, nearly every major policy issue in Washington is being affected by actual or threatened obstruction in the U.S. Senate

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Washington, DC – Senate rules reform received a jolt of energy this past week following the defeat of the bi-partisan Manchin-Toomey background check amendment.  Despite the support of nearly 9-out-of-10 Americans and despite the fact that the amendment won majority support in the Senate with 54 votes, the measure ultimately failed because of the threat of a filibuster t

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Washington, DC – In reaction to yesterday’s failed passage of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment despite garnering a majority of 54 votes, both President Obama and Senators weighed in on the issue of Senate rules reform to highlight the role of procedural manipulation that led to the defeat of the popular provision:

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Washington, DC – Because of the threat of a filibuster, the U.S. Senate today failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks for certain types of gun sales, blocking the amendment by a 54-46 margin. Although the amendment received a majority of the Senate’s support, the amendment was subject to the same 60-vote threshold ordinarily reserved for ending filibusters.

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Washington DC – On Thursday, gun legislation to expand background checks cleared its first legislative hurdle, overcoming a filibuster to block debate on the Senate floor.

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Washington DC – Senate rules reform continued to generate discussion this week as a range of observers and Members continued to highlight the array of nominations and issues currently obstructed by Senate Republicans, including gun control, judicial nominations, Richard Cordray’s nomination to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and vacancies in the National Labor Relations Board.  

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Washington DC – A range of observers this week, including Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), continued to highlight the need for Senate rules reform, in order to raise the costs of obstruction and in order to improve the basic functioning of government.

Quotes of the Week

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On Wednesday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) bemoaned the slow pace of deliberation in the Senate, and noted that a way to remedy the obstruction is to consider “changing the rules”. Later that day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) hinted at re-visiting rules reform on the Senate floor after Senator Jim Moran (R-KS) threatened to filibuster the stopgap bill in progress of passage.

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Washington DC – Senate rules reform remained a hot topic this week, spurred by continued attention to the rare sight of Senator Rand Paul’s “talking filibuster” and a gathering array of voices calling on Democrats to re-open Senate rules reform in light of continued Republican threats of filibuster on other nominees.

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Washington DC – The issue of filibuster reform re-emerged into the spotlight this week, in large part because of two contrasting filibusters deployed on Wednesday.