Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to media reports of an agreement concerning seven of President Obama’s executive branch nominations:
The agreement, as described in media accounts, is an important step forward for the United States Senate and for the American people whose interests are served when government functions. But it is not the end of the story. There will be more legislation, more executive nominations and judicial nominees upon which the Senate will need to act over the next several months. We hope the spirit of this agreement carries over to that business as well. But if it does not, all options remain on the table for allowing the Senate to evolve in ways that make it a more effective institution.
Today’s events demonstrate what can happen when a strong, unified, principled stand is taken against obstruction and dysfunction, and we will work hard to ensure that this same sense of purpose and firm resolve will be present when judicial nominations and vital legislation make their way to the Senate floor in the coming months.
If this agreement fails to cure the culture of obstruction, we will fight for the reforms necessary to end the paralyzing gridlock that has characterized the Senate over the last several months.