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Udall speaks with Merkley on Senate floor about filibuster reform

Udall speaks with Merkley on Senate floor about filibuster reform

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have been advocates of reforming the filibuster since they joined the U.S. Senate in 2009. In that time, Senate Republicans have consistently filibustered legislation and nominees, making it necessary for 60 votes to break a filibuster on nearly all matters in front of the Senate. A deal struck at the beginning of the current Congress said that Republicans would only filibuster in “extraordinary circumstances.” This was to head … Read entire article »

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Udall’s filibuster reform efforts fall short

Udall’s filibuster reform efforts fall short

The efforts by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other progressive Democrats to reform the filibuster have failed, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a deal to change the filibuster — but not as far as Udall and others would have liked. Updated 11:20 pm: See Udall’s statement at the bottom of the post. It appears that Reid used the threat of the progressive plan to extract more concessions from the … Read entire article »

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Heinrich co-sponsors Udall filibuster reform resolution

Heinrich co-sponsors Udall filibuster reform resolution

The officer of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., has co-sponsored the Senate resolution put forward by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Merkely, D-Ore., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to amend filibuster rules. Heinrich had previously supported the efforts to amend the Senate filibuster rules by using the “constitutional option” but had not taken a stance on Udall’s specific reforms until now. “The abuse of the filibuster over the last decade has prevented vital legislation like the DREAM Act and … Read entire article »

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Udall, others introduce change to Senate rules to reform filibuster

Udall, others introduce change to Senate rules to reform filibuster

Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. and two other Democratic Senators introduced a Senate Resolution that would change rules related to the filibuster. Udall has maintained since he was elected that the unprecedented use of the filibuster by the Republican minority has shown the need for changes to the filibuster process. One of the main pieces of the proposal put forward by Udall and Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Harkin, D-Ill., is requiring a “talking filibuster” … Read entire article »

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Udall says Levin-McCain filibuster proposal doesn’t go far enough

Udall says Levin-McCain filibuster proposal doesn’t go far enough

Senator Tom Udall, who has been a vocal proponent of filibuster reform since entering the Senate, says that a new plan by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., to reform the filibuster does not go far enough to address the problems the Senate faces. Udall says it would do nothing to reduce the “paralysis” that the Senate currently suffers from. Udall said in a statement to New Mexico Telegram that he … Read entire article »

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