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Washington, DC – A renewed focus on federal judiciary vacancies and additional state voices are joining the growing ranks of those calling for U.S. Senate rules reform. Developments in recent days include:
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Engagement in “Week of Action” and Ruling in Common Cause Lawsuit Raise the Stakes

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Fix the Senate Press Call featuring speakers from Alliance for Justice, Sierra Club and CWA

Hear Nan Aron from Alliance for Justice, Michael Brune of the Sierra Club and Larry Cohen of Communications Workers of America discussing the importance of Senate rules reform.

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The number of newspapers calling for Senate rules reform went up this week. Check out what they had to say:

“The overuse of the filibuster and the transformation of the Senate into a supermajority-approval body are a problem of bad parliamentary design.”

-- The Economist, December 14, 2012

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Washington, DC – Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim reports that a “small bipartisan group of senators opposed to broad filibuster reform are closing in on a compromise package that would derail the building momentum toward a rules change in January.” While the ultimate outcome of this negotiation is unclear, already determined are two points:

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Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, writing in The Guardian: “This is a crucial moment for the progressive movement in America. But if we want to make real, lasting changes in the American way of life, we need to make some fundamental changes in how our democracy works…abuse of the Senate's filibuster rule has made it even more difficult to address major challenges on the federal level.

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(View letter as PDF)

December 17, 2012

Majority Leader Reid, Majority Whip Durbin, and Chairman Schumer:

We are writing to express our support for your calls to reform the rules of the U.S. Senate and encourage you to move forward on a package of reforms on the first legislative day of the 113th Congress.

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senate rules reform remains a hot topic in the news, with several developments that underscore the broad support behind the reform effort, including the “talking filibuster” and streamlined nominations.

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Communications Workers of America Legislative Director Shane Larson will be answering questions on reforming the rules of the U.S. Senate on Monday, via the social news website Reddit.com. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview model has been popularized in recent months with numerous politicians (including President Obama and former VP Al Gore) engaging in the online Q&A forum.

Follow us on Twitter @FixTheSenate to get the link to the Reddit AMA.

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Washington, DC – Leaders of the Fix the Senate Now coalition reacted today to new PPP polling that found overwhelming public support for changing the U.S. Senate rules in order to cut down on unprecedented gridlock and obstruction.