Wyden Prevails on Secret Holds, Merkley Doesn't On Filibusters

Ron Wyden

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We've written a bit about efforts by Oregon's two Democratic senators to make major procedural reforms in the U.S. Senate.Today, both Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley learned the fate of their efforts. Wyden prevailed in his effort to ban secret holds, the practice that allowed any senator to hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination without any disclosure of who that senator is. Merkley, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 HANK STERN

Mr. Merkley Likes Mr. Smith


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When U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) visited WW last August for an interview, the freshman's lawmaker said one of his biggest frustrations so far was with how easy it's become for a filibuster to gum up the Senate. The Oregon Democrat told us then, "I don't think our nation is well served by that or that it produces better legislation. There are a group of us in the freshman class working on ...   More
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Now This is a Filibuster


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We've written this week about Democratic opposition to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. And we've written about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster—including a proposed requirement that senators seeking to delay legislation by filibustering be required to stay on the Senate floor. Today, the news threads meet in the presence of Sen. Bernie ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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  We’ve written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn’t get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Now This is a Filibuster


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  We’ve written this week about Democratic opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. And we’ve written about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster—including a proposed requirement that senators seeking to delay legislation by filibustering be required to stay on the Senate floor. Today, the news threads meet in the ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

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