OP-ED

It's impossible to overstate the breadth and depth of the damage that McConnell has done to our country and our democracy.

Former-U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., spoke to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Jan. 24, 1995. (T.J. Sokol/AP)

The coronavirus pandemic death toll rises above 82,000 Americans. The administration continues to fumble the response leaving the nation’s governors on their own to design fifty separate strategies.

The president shows no empathy.

He claims to...

My dentist frequently reminds me not to grind my teeth. As I watched heroic Wisconsin voters stand in line for hour after hour during a pandemic, I ground harder. As I read the Supreme Court's decision requiring Wisconsin voters to choose between the risk of disease and their right to vote, I clenched my fists. And as I watch as the president on his nightly realit...

Presidents are sometimes enraged by the supermajority requirement to end a filibuster in the Senate because it gets in the way of one-party rule. This is when it is most important!

Without the filibuster as a counter-weight against totally majority-driven procedures, Chairman Grassley (R-IA) and his majority were able to ignore fundamental demands. The minority was helpless to insist that all the necessary documents be produced to the committee.

McCain in his final speech to the Senate in July reminded his colleagues that, “…our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all… Our strange rules and seemingly eccentric practices that slow our proceedings and insist on our cooperation are important. Our founders envisioned the Senate as the more delibe...

Where is the great tradition of the U.S. Senate and its oversight of the executive branch? Where are the voices of conscience?

In recent years both parties have been weaponizing procedure with each party retaliating for past indignities, with their own provocations.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) chats with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony October 25, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) per Newsmax

As we enter the new year — importantly a Congressional election year — the Se...

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (L) talks with Chief Justice John Roberts (R) on the steps of the Supreme Court following his official investiture at the Supreme Court June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images

The pace is picking up. Republicans in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, bolstered by outside conservative groups lik...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University