Washington, DC – The decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to enter into direct talks with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on curbing the abuse of the filibuster shows the growing strength of the movement for real reform of Senate rules.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate rules reform effort is entering the home stretch, ahead of the first legislative day of the new, 113th Congress. Below is an updated look at the Senate rules state of play.
Washington, DC – An array of national organizations and leaders are speaking out in support of a substantial package of rules reforms and against the weak Senate rules proposal unveiled last Friday to ensure a functional and deliberative Senate.
Washington, DC – A handful of Senators today unveiled a U.S. Senate rules proposal that falls well short of the meaningful change needed to overcome the unprecedented Senate obstruction of recent years. Instead of a serious reform effort, today’s offering is little more than a status quo, business as usual, recipe for continued Senate gridlock.
Engagement in “Week of Action” and Ruling in Common Cause Lawsuit Raise the Stakes
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.
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
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: