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Washington, DC – As the U.S. Senate rules reform effort moves closer to the vote expected the week of January 22nd, threats to block the nominations of President Obama’s executive branch nominees are underscoring the need for substantial Senate rules reform.  In combination with escalated campaign efforts from the Fix the Senate Now coalition and the continued advocacy of Senate reform champions like Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen.

Fix the Senate Now

Washington DC – Momentum continues to build on behalf of significant U.S. Senate rules reform. As Senate rules negotiations between U.S.

Fix the Senate Now

Washington, DC – As the 113th Congress begins, momentum continues to build on behalf of substantial rules reform in the U.S. Senate, including the “talking filibuster.” Among the major developments:

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As the 113th Congress sets to convene, the call for Senate rules reform by newspapers remains steady. Here’s what they had to say:

"People around the country are crying out for us to find something to make the system work. Folks are looking at the last two years and saying this is the most dysfunctional Congress in history."

-- Oregon Live, December 27, 2012

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Washington, DC – The decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to enter into direct talks with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on curbing the abuse of the filibuster shows the growing strength of the movement for real reform of Senate rules.

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate rules reform effort is entering the home stretch, ahead of the first legislative day of the new, 113th Congress.  Below is an updated look at the Senate rules state of play.  

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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.

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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.