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Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability
Created on Thursday, 03 January 2013 19:57
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber.
In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will remain in the first legislative day of the 113th Congress after the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 22 to allow debate on the rules reforms.
The unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and other procedural rules has resulted in endless gridlock on legislation and the consideration of nominations, which made the 112th Congress one of the most unproductive of all time. The trio’s proposed reforms would protect the rights of the minority while expediting the consideration of legislation and nominations.
“We have the power to change the Senate from being a graveyard for good ideas, to an institution that can respond effectively to the challenges facing our nation,” said Udall. “Our proposal is simple, limited and fair. We make reasonable changes to nominations and conference committees and do away with the status quo of stealth and silent filibusters that prevents the Senate from getting its work done.”
To illustrate why the rules must be reformed, the senators point to the skyrocketing use of the filibuster in recent decades as a tool of the minority party to block votes on legislation, judicial vacancies and presidential appointees. Since its inception, use of the cloture vote has evolved from a rarity, perhaps seven or eight times during a congressional session, to what is now the standard of business in the Senate. Since 2006, the filibuster has been used almost 400 times.
SWNM Audubon Field Trip to Lake Roberts/Mimbres – Saturday 5 January
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 11:49
Audubon field trip participants will meet at 8 am at the WNMU Fine Arts Center parking lot and carpool up Hwy 15 to Lake Roberts, where you can expect to see a good variety of wintering duck and other waterfowl, plus hopefully Bald Eagles.
There will be some walking along the lakeside on level ground (though it can be slippery/muddy depending on weather conditions), probably between one and two miles in total. The return trip to Silver City will be via the Mimbres Valley, possibly with a brief stop at Bear Canyon Lake and/or the Nature Conservancy property depending on time.
Expect to be back in Silver City between 1 and 2pm. Please bring footwear suitable for the weather conditions and dress warmly. Any questions contact Brian Dolton at 388.4210.
Habitat for Humanity – Gila Region Names New Executive Director
Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:05
SILVER CITY – Habitat for Humanity – Gila Region has appointed a new Executive Director, Jean Eisenhower, who brings decades of non-profit consulting experience as well as years in real estate sales and promoting sustainability. Her consulting experience includes work with environmental, social justice, community, and arts organizations. She is also a former Habitat for Humanity home-building volunteer.
New office hours for the Habitat for Humanity Gila Region office are 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. They are located at 915 Santa Rita in Silver City.
For more information, contact Jean at 538.9540 or Board President Henrietta Horvarter at 534.9562.