Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are close to finalizing a deal on Senate rules reform. Unfortunately, the incremental “reforms” in the agreement do not go nearly far enough to deliver meaningful change, the Fix the Senate Now coalition said today. If the agreement proceeds as expected, Senator Reid and the entire chamber will have missed an opportunity to restore accountability and deliberation to the Senate, while not raising the costs of obstruction.
Washington, DC – While bi-partisan agreement on reforming Senate rules is a laudable goal, the substantial package of reforms needed to end the gridlock that has nearly paralyzed the U.S. Senate should not be weakened simply to provide a bi-partisan imprimatur, the Fix the Senate Now coalition said Wednesday.
Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reported to be working to advance a substantive package of Senate rules reforms this week and is prepared to use the constitutional option to enact reform, if necessary.
Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is working to advance a substantive package of Senate rules reforms and is prepared to use the constitutional option to enact reform, if necessary. As the Senate rules reform battle moves toward resolution next week, it is clear that key observers and the public alike want Senator Reid’s efforts to lead to substantial reform of the Senate. Among the key developments this week:
Coalition’s Day of Action Makes Presence Felt on Hill & in Key States
Washington, DC – As the time for a vote on U.S. Senate rules reform draws closer, the Fix the Senate Now coalition and hundreds of thousands of Americans are making their voices heard in support of real Senate rules reform, such as the S. Res. 4 package of reforms introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
Washington, DC – As the U.S. Senate rules reform effort moves closer to the vote expected the week of January 22nd, threats to block the nominations of President Obama’s executive branch nominees are underscoring the need for substantial Senate rules reform. In combination with escalated campaign efforts from the Fix the Senate Now coalition and the continued advocacy of Senate reform champions like Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen.
Washington DC – Momentum continues to build on behalf of significant U.S. Senate rules reform. As Senate rules negotiations between U.S.
Washington, DC – As the 113th Congress begins, momentum continues to build on behalf of substantial rules reform in the U.S. Senate, including the “talking filibuster.” Among the major developments:
As the 113th Congress sets to convene, the call for Senate rules reform by newspapers remains steady. Here’s what they had to say:
"People around the country are crying out for us to find something to make the system work. Folks are looking at the last two years and saying this is the most dysfunctional Congress in history."
-- Oregon Live, December 27, 2012