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Filibuster Reform

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 reformi...

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...

Enough Delays

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

Since I first came to the Senate about a year ago I've been consistently frustrated by how the filibuster is abused to bring progress to a halt.

Sam Stein

Reid, Merkley, Udall Push Back On Report That Filibuster Reform Lacks The Votes | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Proponents of filibuster reform moved swiftly on Wednesday to stem speculation that their effort to revamp the rules of the Senate lacks the requisite...

Ezra Klein: How To End The Filibuster With 51 Votes

The Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you can't manage the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, you can't manage the 67 votes to change the rules and end the filibuster. At least in theor...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Whether Obama Makes Recess Appointments Depends On McConnell | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration hinted strongly on Tuesday that it would use the president's power to appoint officials without congressional confirmation du...

Lucia Graves

Mikulski Calls For Senate Reform | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the extended debate over unemployment benefits on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called for an end to the filibuste...

The Public is Ready for Clean Energy Legislation, Is the Senate?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Jonathan Cohn, writing at his new must-read blog, has a fascinating piece on the policy implications of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Lucia Graves

Durbin, Byrd, Mondale Call For Filibuster Reform | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Byrd, whose 50-plus years in the Senate give weight to his thoughts on the institution, charged Wednesday that the minority party has been abus...

Do We Need to Break up California to Fix Democracy?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

The fact is the federal government isn't "broken" because of the filibuster rules. It's broken because of its two Senators per State structure, regardless of population, that is built into the U.S. Constitution.

Pelosi: Stupak Wants Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday and weighed in on everything from Bart Stupak's threats to derail health care...

Reform the Filibuster

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sen. Michael Bennet

The obstructionist actions of Republican senator Jim Bunning left no doubt that Washington is broken, and it's getting worse. That's why I am introducing new legislation to reform the filibuster.

Lessons From the Gang of 14: Filibuster Is Paralyzing Senate

Roll Call | Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sixty is the new 50 when it comes to American politics. No longer is it sufficient to have a legislative majority in the Senate -- because of near-con...