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Articles by Sen. Tom Udall

Tom Udall became New Mexico's 17th United States Senator on January 6, 2009, after two decades of public service as New Mexico's Attorney General and U.S. Representative.

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These stubborn pups won’t stand for the Senate’s broken rules any longer.We have heard about obstruction in Congress, how the Senate is broken, and the desperate need of reform.

I want to let you know that you are not alone. These frustrations are shared both inside and outside of the Senate.

And you can trust hearing it from me. I used to be a member of the House of Representatives, and no one gets more fed up with abuse of Senate rules than members of the House.

In the current Congress, the House has passed about 350 bills that the Senate has neglected to consider. Many of them passed the House overwhelmingly. This demonstrates perfectly the old House adage, “The Republicans are the opposition, but the Senate is the enemy.”

It’s no wonder that when Representative David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee — a man I greatly admire — announced his retirement this year, he did so saying, “all I know is that there has to be more to life than explaining the ridiculous, accountability-destroying rules of the United States Senate to confused and angry and frustrated constituent... Read more