Thank-You Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon
Today, September 29, 2010 on the floor of the Senate at 4:12 pm ET, Senator Merkley urged senators across both sides of the aisle to restore the Senate to the proper deliberative body envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Senator Merkley also said:
We have a responsibility to all the citizens in this nation to make this chamber the deliberative body that the framers envisioned for this country.
“We cannot really have a democracy that works if we can’t debate and vote on Bills.”
“This situation where the House passes 300 bills that never see the light of day, that never see consideration in the Senate because we can’t get anything done on the floor of the Senate, must end. We have a responsibility to restore this body to being the greatest deliberative body on the planet.”
Abuse of Advise and Consent and the Filibuster
As Senator Merkley pointed out, in past years the Senate at one point only used the Filibuster 3 times, however, in the 110th Congress the Senate Filibuster was used 49 times!
Senator Merkley recommended that full debate on the Senate Rules commence at the beginning of the 112th Congress in January.
Senator Merkley on the Dysfunctional Senate