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Washington DC – Though immigration reform legislation has taken center stage in the Senate this week, a range of voices are continuing to highlight unprecedented obstruction of executive and judicial nominations, focusing on the effects of these delays on the American people and bolstering the case for Senate rules reform in July.

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Washington, DC – In his remarks announcing the nomination of three individuals to fill vacancies on the DC Circuit court, President Obama referred to the Senate’s track record of obstruction toward his nominees, “What’s happening now is unprecedented… For the good of the American people, it has to stop.”

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Washington, DC – This past January, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to a compromise on Senate rules and filibuster reform, stopping short of the meaningful changes sought by the Fix the Senate Now coalition and proposed by reform-minded Senators such as Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).

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Washington, DC – On the heels of reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will explore Senate rules reform in July in light of the failure of January’s Senate rules compromise agreement, the Fix the Senate Now coalition and allied partner organizations are engaged in a ‘Week of Action’ to lift up the voice

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Eight years ago this month, the Republican Senate Majority under then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TX) was committed to change the Senate rules to get nominations confirmed for President George W. Bush. The eventual Gang of 14 agreement over nominees helped to break the Senate logjam and move qualified nominations forward.

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Washington, DC – Prompted by continued examples of obstruction to nominees, U.S. Senate rules reform is back in the spotlight.

In addition to coverage of obstruction and threats to nominations for the National Labor Relations Board, Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarty and Department of Labor Nominee Thomas E. Perez, a series of news articles focused directly on whether Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) would revisit reopening rules reform.  

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Washington, DC – Obstruction in the Senate reached another unprecedented level this week, with Senate Republicans hurling back-to-back procedural delays at Cabinet-level nominees Thomas Perez at the Department of Labor and Gina McCarthy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Washington, DC – With their back-to-back procedural delays injected into the nominations process for Cabinet-level nominees Thomas Perez at the Department of Labor and Gina McCarthy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Senate Republicans have taken Senate obstruction to new levels in the past 24 hours, the Fix the Senate Now coalition said today.

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Poll from Small Business Majority Finds Small Business Owners Think Nominations Deserve “Up or Down” Vote; Support for EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

 

Washington, DC – The Small Business Majority today released a new poll showing that small business owners nationwide are tired of gridlock and obstruction in the U.S. Senate and want their lawmakers to advance and provide an “up or down” vote on nominees.

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Washington, DC – As the American public continues to express frustration with the way the Senate’s rules helped to derail the popular Manchin-Toomey background check amendment, the attention has started to broaden to other areas of unprecedented obstruction in the Senate chamber.  In particular, the issue of stalled nominations is in the news and a number of observers are expressing a renewed goal of substantial Senate reform.

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