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(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.
 

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today announced his plans to file cloture on a series of obstructed executive branch nominees to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Labor, Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB), and Export-Import Bank, and a slate of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Washington DC – Here are last week’s big developments and observations regarding Senate rules reform.  Now that immigration legislation has passed the Senate, many expect the battle over obstructed executive branch and judicial nominees to take center stage in July.  Among last week’s key developments ahead of the upcoming and renewed Senate rules battle include:

Senate Voices:

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Washington DC – With U.S. Senate rules reform back on the agenda in Washington, both outside observers and Senators are talking about the obstructionism against executive branch and judicial nominations and ways to resolve the Senate’s gridlock:

Senate Voices: