After Failing to Change Senate Rules, Democrats Lose Right to Blame Mitch McConnell

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 2:09 pm

Senate Democrats had an opportunity to get together and make the Senate a working, majority-rule-based chamber. They could have recently used the “Constitutional Option” at the start of this new Congress to rewrite the Senate rules to either eliminate the filibuster outright or at least make staging a filibuster more difficult. Yet, due to a [...]

Senate Rules Reform: Udall, Harkin, Merkley Remind Us Why Washington Doesn’t Take Liberals Seriously

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 12:40 pm

With their total capitulation on Senate rules reform, Sen. Tom Udall (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) again remind us why no one in Washington takes liberals seriously. . . and frankly why they shouldn’t. For months, Udall has been promoting the “Constitutional Option,” which would allow the senators to declare the first [...]

How Senate Rules Are Changed Is Much More Important Than What Changes Are Made Now

By: Thursday December 30, 2010 12:45 pm

When the new Congress begins on January 5, Democratic Senators Tom Udall (NM) and Jeff Merkley (OR) intend to push for a change in Senate rules. The two extreme outcomes are that there will be no reform at all or that the Senate will adopt rules making it effectively a majority chamber that is like almost [...]