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Filibuster Reform

Sam Stein

Schumer Outlines Rules Reform Deal, Dems Divided | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted on Tuesday morning that Democrats and Republicans would come to an agreement on revamping some bas...

Sam Stein

Aiming For 67 Votes, Dems Water Down Rules Reform Package | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to craft a set of rules changes that will have the support needed to get through the chamber, Senate Democrats have begun scaling...

We Must Fix the Filibuster

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

What spurred civil rights advocates to mobilize around this filibuster issue remains true today: the basic civil rights of all Americans should never be subject to the whims of one person.

Reforming the Senate

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Michael Bennet

Political games prevent Senators from even beginning to debate some of the most important issues. This week, my colleagues and I have begun a process to challenge the broken rules in the Senate and reform the filibuster.

It's Simple: Reform The Filibuster, Shame the Hypocrites

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Imagine how much more honest the Senate will be if the Udall/Merkley proposal passes. You want to filibuster something, you're gonna have to get up on your feet and rock it Jimmy Stewart (or Bernie Sanders) style.

Sam Stein

Senate Dems Introduce Rules Reform Package: Keep Filibuster But Make It Old School | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Ryan Grim WASHINGTON -- The handful of Senate Democrats proposing to overhaul the upper chamber's rules and procedures released the...

Amanda Terkel

Leading GOP Senator Calls Filibuster Reform A Democratic 'Power Grab' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders launched a coordinated attack against Democratic proposals to reform Senate rules Tuesday, makin...

Fix the Filibuster

Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Udall

It's time to make sure that any senators who want to hold up the business of the Senate show up and own their obstruction -- instead of making empty threats while keeping our country from moving forward.

Sam Stein

Senate Rules Reform Fight Likely To Be Drawn Out For Weeks | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Operatives leading the lobbying effort for Senate rules reform said Monday that they expect Democrats to delay consideration of the issu...

Amanda Terkel

Returning The Senate To Majority-Rule | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A group of reform-minded senators believe they have a strong chance of changing the way the Senate does business in the next year, wi...

Saving the Senate From Itself

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's role confirms our government is not operating as a democracy ruled by the will of the majority, but as a strangled entity tightly in the grasp of the minority and its take-no-prisoners leader.

Filibuster Reform: Senate Democrats Returning To Chamber Unanimously Favor Changing Rules

National Journal | Dan Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

All Democratic senators returning next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging him to consider action to change...

Amanda Terkel

White House: DREAM Act Passage Will Come From The 'Bottom Up' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing a major grassroots push to pass the DREAM Act next year, which President Obama said Wednesday was one of hi...

Sam Stein

Senate Dems Set To Talk Filibuster Reform With Eye Toward Finalizing Package | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Senate Democrats leading the push for filibuster reform say they plan to discuss possible rule changes during a full caucus meeting...

Sam Stein

Dem Senator Sets A Date For 'Fireworks' And Shot At Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats will make a dramatic effort to reform the rules of the chamber when the next Congress begins, one of the body's primary...

Sam Stein

Filibuster Reform Coalition Launches To Put Pressure On Senate | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The effort to reform the rules of the Senate has often been dismissed as idealistic reverie on the part of a small group of frustrated o...

Sam Stein

McConnell's Antics Spark New Calls For Filibuster Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At a caucus meeting late last week, a group of vocal, primarily junior, Senate Democrats urged colleagues to seriously consider ref...

Can the Senate Save Itself?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

A serious conversation has begun about making it possible for the Senate to function as our Constitution envisaged -- as a part of a balanced structur...

Ryan Grim

Democrats Vow To Push Major Filibuster Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the effort to reform the filibuster in the Senate are pushing forward despite the election outcome, working to gather support...

Lucia Graves

Joe Biden To Chris Coons: Don't Spend The Night In Washington | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a Monday press briefing, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons (D) talked policy -- something that was often overlooked in his contest with the c...

Amanda Terkel

Incoming GOP Senator Embraces Filibuster Reform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's Senator-elect Dan Coats is endorsing filibuster reform, becoming one of the few Republicans to back a legislative proposal to ...

Ending America's Polish Paralysis

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

President Obama needs to remind the American people that allowing a minority to block action, so that nothing can be decided, is a formula for national weakness.

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama Wants Filibuster Reformed Even If GOP Takes Over Congress | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's commitment to reforming the rules of the filibuster will endure even if Republicans end up taking control of Congress,...

Sam Stein

Senator Webb: The Filibuster 'Is Not Sacrosanct' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Addressing the issue with a more critical eye than he has in the past, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said on Friday that he is open to reforming the filibuste...

Senate Dysfunction Could Be Tackled By Chamber's Newest Members

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Those who hold the Senate in low esteem can get a sympathetic ear from some of the chamber's newer members. These lawmakers also ar...