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“New Nullification” Report Highlights Senate’s Dysfunction

Remember last fall, when Democratic leaders in the Senate forced through a rules change that lets 51 senators – a simple majority – break filibusters of presidential nominees for most federal judgeships and executive branch jobs? The hotly-contested reform was supposed to break the Senate’s partisan gridlock and let the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body” […]

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Two Shameful Milestones

When the Senate returns today, it should not be celebrating two milestones it surpassed last week.

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The Senate lets survivors down

We’ve already seen how a minority of senators can exploit procedural loopholes to block popular and important legislation — like the DREAM Act, DISCLOSE, and gun safety — but this might be the lowest they’ve ever stooped.

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This Is Why Filibuster Abuse Matters

There’s no shortage of sorely needed fixes for our democracy. But because genuine reform won’t have a shot until we get a Congress that works, ending filibuster abuse is a good place to start.

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Filibuster appeal reaches D.C. Circuit

Today’s east coast snowstorm shut down most of Washington, but the judicial branch was undeterred. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral argument in Common Cause et al. v. Biden et al., a constitutional challenge to the 60-vote filibuster rule. Emmet Bondurant, a member of Common […]

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