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Washington, DC – In the U.S. Senate today, Republicans filibustered the nomination of Patricia Millett, the first of three nominees to fill existing vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

The Fix the Senate Now coalition released the following statement in response

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Washington, DC – The debate over Senate obstruction – and Senate rules reform – has returned to center stage in Washington. This week, Senate Democrats are seeking to advance the nomination of Patricia Millett, the first of three nominees to fill existing vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as Rep. Mel Watt to lead Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

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Washington, DC – This summer, with the threat of Senate rules reform on the table, the Senate advanced the stalled confirmations of seven qualified executive branch nominees. One of the Republican Senators who helped forge this summer’s agreement was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

At the time, Sen. Graham noted that holding nominees hostage due to unrelated issues was “wrong.” Now, in just three short months, Senator Graham has flipped on this principle, pledging to abuse the rules and grind the Senate to a halt until his demands are met.

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Washington, DC – Fresh off his instrumental role in the fiscal-related government shutdown, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is showing that he still intends to hold basic government functioning hostage to his demands – and is being enabled by Senate rules and norms that continue to facilitate obstruction, the Fix the Senate Now coalition said today.

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Washington, DC – Discussions among Senate Democrats of re-engaging on the issue of rules reform emerged this week in light of recent Senate Republican threats to filibuster efforts to raise the debt ceiling.

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Washington, D.C. – Following reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Senators are considering changing Senate rules to prevent a filibuster of legislation to raise the debt ceiling  the Fix the Senate Now coalition released the following statement:

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Washington, DC – With obstruction in full-display this week due to the federal government shutdown, important judicial and executive branch nominations continue to languish in the U.S. Senate.

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Washington, DC – Senate obstruction and potential rules reform remain key topics of discussion this week.

With floor votes for President Obama’s slate of three D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominees expected in the near future, Senate Republicans are forced to decide whether they will let cooler heads prevail and allow the nominations through, or obstruct the nominees and provoke another rules showdown.

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Washington, DC – Rules reform and Senate obstruction remained key topics this week on several fronts - particularly regarding judicial nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court and Senate Republican threats to filibuster legislation to fund the government.

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Washington, DC – Obstruction and rules reform remain key topics for discussion as the Senate continues to consider judicial nominations this week.