David Waldman

David Waldman is editor of Congress Matters and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.

Rules of enragement: The filibuster and Senate reform

Blocking the Senate should be hard work

The Senate's not working because it doesn't take any work to stop it from working -- and that's what the Republicans are interested in doing. Current rules make stopping the Senate from doing its work the easiest thing in the …

Rules of enragement: The filibuster and Senate reform

The filibuster is what enables the 'secret hold' in the Senate

Besides blocking legislation that enjoys majority support from coming to a vote, the filibuster lies at the heart of a number of disruptive and anti-democratic practices in the Senate, including the so-called "secret hold." The secret hold helped delay Senate …