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Senate Rules Committee

What You Don't Know May Well Hurt You -- Dark Money

Craig Holman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Craig Holman

Disclosure is the solution to much of what ails our democracy, not the problem. Those in Congress who are opponents of transparency not only trample on the right of Americans to know who is trying to influence our vote; they run afoul of the very nature of free and open elections.

Marijuana Legalization Stalls In New Mexico Senate Panel

AP | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana has been stalled — for now. The ...

Sam Stein

Senator Talks Failure Of Rules Reform Package, Predicts Future Success | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), one of the chief proponents of the kind of rules reform that died in the upper chamber this week, said Friday t...

Sam Stein

Senate Dem, GOP Leaders Broker Rules Reform Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached an agreement on a set of relatively ...

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Forfeit 50-Vote Option For Rules Changes | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The window to change the Senate rules during this session through a simple majority vote ended without action last night as lawmakers in...

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...

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...

Reconciliation, Explained

Kandie Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kandie Stroud

Unlike cloture, a procedure which allows the Senate to cut off debate with 60 votes, reconciliation does not guarantee a final vote. In reconciliation, Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments.