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2010: Citing record use of filibusters in the Senate, Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., seek rules change.

January 2011: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reach "handshake agreement" deal on scaled-down rules reform.

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Fix the Senate Now: “Those intent on preserving the norms and traditions of the U.S. Senate should embrace this rules reform effort…”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Robert Wilkins became the latest qualified nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the D.C. Circuit to be filibustered by Senate Republicans.  Despite receiving support from a majority of Senators, including Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)], the filibuster blocks Wilkins’ nomination from moving forward to an up-or-down vote.

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Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit – the second time in the past two weeks that Senate Republicans have denied an up-or-down vote on the nomination of a qualified nominee to the DC Circuit and the third highly qualified woman in a row to be blocked by Senate Republicans for a vacant DC Circuit slot.

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“Elections have consequences, qualified nominees deserve votes, and Senate Republican intransigence cannot be rewarded any longer”

 

Washington, DC – Today in the U.S. Senate, Republicans filibustered the nomination of Nina Pillard to fill one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals to the D.C. Circuit.

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N.Y. Times and L.A. Times Call for Filibuster Reform, While Washington Post Calls Out GOP “Transparently Self-Serving” Motivations Behind Latest Obstruction

 

Washington, DC – Yesterday, 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).

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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.