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Senate Reform

Jason Linkins

Why Didn't Liz Cheney Run In Virginia? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

Over at the National Journal, Alex Roarty reports that "Republican officials are grumbling" over Liz Cheney's decision to troop on out to Wyoming and ...

Jason Linkins

Enzi-Cheney Primary Suddenly Makes Wyoming -- And Its Disproportionate Power -- Interesting | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

A little over a week ago, incumbent Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi made sure that everyone knew that Liz Cheney was going to primary him. This was surprising news, mainly because what would have otherwise been a sleepy 2014 Senate contest could end up being something that the media could monetize for page views and whatnot. And last week, Cheney went ahead and confirmed that she was going to give it a shot. So here we are: The state of Wyoming is now suddenly interesting! And one good reason why this Wyoming primary is going to be very compelling is that it's the venue for a hot proxy war between Rand Paul's libertarianish insurgency and the neo-con old guard.

Inaction on NLRB Confirmations Is Simply Wrong

Richard Trumka | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Anti-worker Republicans are using Richard Griffin and Sharon Block as pawns in their political games, and it's just wrong -- especially when it means a law enforcement agency that protects workers is shutting down.

Give Us Five: A Fully Functioning NLRB Needs All Five Members

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

They know that even under the best circumstances, justice is hard to come by. Now, the Senate is making it virtually impossible for workers to gain the justice they deserve. And what does that say about our democracy?

Dave Jamieson

How Republicans Could Shut Down A Federal Agency | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Senate about to consider President Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, Democrats and labor groups are growi...

Michael McAuliff

Dem Senator: Obama 'Might As Well Take A 4-Year Vacation' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) warned President Barack Obama that he "might as well take a four-year vacation" if the Senate fails to pass rea...

No More Gentlemen's Agreements

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

The Levin-McCain filibuster proposal is without merit. It is not a bipartisan compromise, but an abdication of leadership at a time when meaningful reform is possible.

Luke Johnson

McCain Offering Counterproposal To Contentious Senate Reform | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other opponents of filibuster reform plan to offer a counterproposal to the Senate on Friday, McCain told T...

Ryan Grim

Filibuster Reform Threatened By Fiscal Cliff | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Filibuster reform has a number of obstacles in front of it, but one that advocates didn't foresee could make the effort that much tricki...

Needed Reform for the U.S. Senate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

The fact is, as a consequence of unprecedented obstructionism during the last Congress, the filibuster was used more in two years than it had been in the 1950s, '60s and '70s combined. This is unacceptable.

Three Ways to Fix Our Democracy

Erik Opsal | Posted 01.26.2013 | New York
Erik Opsal

America is the world's leading democracy, but that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be made. By modernizing registration, ending government dysfunction and combating Citizens United, we can put the people back in charge.

Sam Stein

Kerry: Congressional Gridlock Has Left People 'Somehow Bitter' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Tuesday made one of the first cases since the shootings in Tucson that congressional gridlock was partly to...

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.

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...

The Pirating Senate

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The modern filibuster has never been part of the Constitution or any law. It's not even in the original rules of the Senate. You could almost say it's an accident.

A Filibuster Fix | NORMAN ORNSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AFTER months of debate, Senate Democrats this summer broke a Republican filibuster against a bill to extend unemployment benefits. But the Republicans...

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...