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Senate Rules

'Cleaning the Gunk' out of Washington With Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Accountability goes hand-in-hand with transparency--and Washington needs more of both. That's why I introduced two bills this week to boost accountability and shine more sunlight on government.

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 ...

Escaping the Black Hole in the Heart of DC

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Washington, DC — The black hole, of course, is the Senate Rules. Efforts to make major reforms in the Senate this week -- reforms that would all...

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...

One Senate Rule That Has to Pass

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

Those in Congress who want to stay in the shadows and avoid accountability have managed to derail our efforts to stop secret holds many times before -- but this time I think we can finally get this important change passed.

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...

Shaking up the Senate

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

Senator Tom Udall (D, NM) gets ready to take on the filibuster and shake up the Senate. ...

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...

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Support Building Around Three Changes To Senate Rules In New Congress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats met for their second caucus meeting about reforming chamber rules Friday, beginning to converge on three changes that s...

Senate Rules Must Be Reformed in January

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Next year the Republicans will have ironclad control of the House. It would be outrageous if Democrats allowed a minority of Republican Senators to use the current rules to limit what the Democratic majority can do in the Senate.

It's Time to Fix the Filibuster

Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Merkley

We all know that America is facing a number of big long-term challenges. If the Senate can't pass bills, it's not the Senators who will pay a real price -- it's the American people.

Proposed Tax Deal Shows Sharp Contrast in Republican and Democratic Priorities

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.

Tom Daschle On Senate Dysfunction: I Didn't 'Have A Clue' What I Was Voting For A Lot Of The Time

The New Yorker | George Packer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

[Former Senate Majority Leader Tom] Daschle sketched a portrait of the contemporary senator who is too busy to think: 'Sometimes, you're dialling for ...

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...

Ryan Grim

Momentum For Senate Filibuster Reform Builds | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Momentum is building to reform Senate rules that allow silent filibusters and force a 60-vote requirement for virtually any action, interviews with De...

Ryan Grim

Senators Engage In Bipartisan Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Halt Hearing | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham had an unorthodox answer to a Republican parliamentary maneuver that blocked committees from meeting on Wednesday: Biparti...

The Filibuster and Its Consequences

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

A true filibuster is a fight, not a threat or a bluff. For most of the Senate's history, Senators motivated to extend debate had to hold the floor as long as they were physically able.

Alan Frumin, Senate Parliamentarian, Is A Health Care Rock Star

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In some ways, Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin has accomplished every senator's dream without the chores of fundraising and vote-...

The Will to Fix Senate Rules

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall

The continued abuse of Senate rules is the kind of business-as-usual Washington politics that so frustrates the American people. Our rules are broken and we need to fix them, and I have offered a simple proposal -- the Constitutional Option.

The Day Joe Biden Saved Democracy From the Pirates of the Senatorial Sea

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Sit and listen, my children. I'll tell you a wonderful story. A tale of dark times when ruthless Pirates roamed the Senatorial Sea, hijacked America, and prevented the people from gaining health care.

Grayson, Bachmann Debate Health Care Reform On 'Larry King Live' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Civility reigned Wednesday during a health care debate between Reps. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on "Larry King Live." Bo...

Sam Stein

Republicans Worry About Objectivity Of Parliamentarian They Appointed | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans have begun a campaign to cast doubt on the Senate Parliamentarian and his capacity to impartially handle the reconciliation process...

For America to Succeed in the 21st Century, Senate Rules Must Change

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Accelerating change is the central fact of the modern world. If America is to succeed and survive it must have a government that can make timely decisions, look at the long haul, and act in the public interest.