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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.

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More newspapers made cases for Senate rules reform. Here’s what they had to say:

“Senate Republicans used the filibuster a record 112 times in 2012 and have used it 360 times since 2007. They have stopped legislation that has widespread public support. GOP senators blocked a major military spending bill, a badly needed veterans' jobs bill and the Dream Act, all of which would have passed with a majority. They stifled the Disclose Act, which would require greater transparency in campaign advertising.”

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New PPP Polling in 10 States Finds that Country is Tired of Washington Gridlock;
Public Overwhelmingly Supports Senate Rules Changes & Proposed Reforms

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Dear Members of the Senate:

The current debate over whether to alter the 113th Senate’s rules raises serious questions of policy and political judgment. We take no position on the wisdom of any proposed change. Some, however, have sought to elevate the debate to constitutional dimensions by suggesting that it is institutionally improper for a new Senate to alter the Senate’s have required a two-third majority to allow a vote on a motion to alter the rules.

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Washington, DC – Yesterday on the U.S. Senate floor, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) made a compelling case for U.S. Senate rules reform.  The Fix the Senate Now coalition commends Senator Boxer for her comments, which included a number of important points about the need for and scope of likely Senate reforms.

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Washington, DC – Citing the bizarre occasion of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “self filibuster” Thursday, a range of voices are noting how the event demonstrates unprecedented levels of Senate obstruction and the need for real Senate rules reform.  Among the reactions:

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Washington, DC – As the move to reform Senate rules gains momentum, some observers are calling for the Senate to reach a bi-partisan agreement focused on changing the behavior of individual Members, rather than changing the chamber’s rules. The Fix the Senate Coalition has an answer for that: Been there. Done that. Didn’t work.

It was called the “gentlemen’s agreement,” reached in January 2011, and it failed. Neither side made good on its promises. To truly change behavior we need actual rules reform in the upper chamber, not non-binding agreements that tinker at the margins.  

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Washington, DC – Momentum for real Senate rules reform continues to build, with supportive developments occurring both inside and outside the chamber.  Below are some of the key happenings and commentaries in regards to the ongoing rules reform debate:

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Washington, DC – Renewed focus on how Senate obstruction is hurting our judiciary offers a reminder of why Senate rules reform – including a focus on streamlining the nominations process – is so sorely needed. Currently, 20 judicial nominees await Senate floor votes, including 12 who would fill vacancies that the U.S. Courts have declared to be “judicial emergencies.”

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(Crossposted at the Brennan Center for Justice.)

On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell warned that changing the Senate rules by a majority vote, a procedure known as the “constitutional option,” would cause “irreparable harm” by “breaking the rules to change the rules.”