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.