Washington, DC – Though Congress is on recess, the issue of U.S. Senate rules reform continues to garner attention. The key comment this past week came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who pledged to revisit Senate rules reform if Republicans continue to block nominations to fill three vacancies on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Washington, DC – Judicial nominations are emerging as a new battleground for Senate obstruction – prompting some observers, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to call for Senate rules reform if three nominees to the DC Circuit are blocked from receiving a vote. Among the key developments and related commentary:
Washington, DC – Obstruction and potential U.S. Senate rules reform remain key topics for discussion. See below for a recap of this week’s related activity – a mix of positive steps forward in the Senate for executive branch nominees combined with continued threats of obstruction for judicial nominations:
(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Sierra Club is running new ads in both the online and print editions of the Arizona Republic, urging Senator Jeff Flake to use his power on the Committee on the Judiciary to approve the nomination of Patricia Millett to a long-standing vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Millett is expected to receive a vote before that committee on Thursday.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate’s recent agreement to move forward on a slate of executive-level nominees signaled a refreshing step forward toward restoring functionality to the U.S. Senate. However, as a range of observers have commented in the past week, the Senate remains a bastion of obstruction – especially in regards to judicial nominations.
Washington, DC – The Fix the Senate Now coalition extends thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his support and leadership on behalf of needed reforms in the U.S. Senate.
Washington, DC – The news that the U.S. Senate has reached an agreement to advance key executive branch nominees for an up-or-down vote and ultimate confirmation is an important first step toward returning the Senate to basic functionality, the Fix the Senate Now Coalition said today.
As Richard Cordray cleared a major legislative hurdle towards being confirmed as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and as the U.S. Senate announced a deal to move forward on other nominees, Americans United for Change held a press conference call with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and leading labor, financial reform and progressive groups to underscore why it is vitally important these nominees -- like Cordray or Gina McCarthy to head the EPA or the picks for the NLRB -- get the up-or-down vote they deserve.
Listen to the call:
Washington, DC – As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) prepares to overhaul Senate filibuster procedures to establish a simple majority vote for executive nominations, pro-Senate rules reform organizations will be delivering over 1.1 million signatures and e-mail messages in support of the effort to end gridlock and stop abuse of the filibuster.
Not that Americans needed anymore evidence, but Americans United for Change put together this great video detailing Republican obstructionism in the Senate.
The video, “GOP: Grand Obstruction Party,” details a number of bills that would have passed in the Senate, but were derailed by a minority of Senators, namely Republicans, who invoked the filibuster.