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Schumer offers plan to fix the Senate

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday offered a proposal to fix what he admitted is a Senate that is failing to legislate.

"On both sides of the aisle, there's a great deal of consternation that we're not legislating," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "We've had this problem for a while, and Thursday it came to a head. There were some harsh words that were issued by some."

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Schumer was referring to Thursday's blowup between Republicans and Democrats after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would not allow any amendments to a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits.

Schumer suggested that the two parties find a way to embrace the traditional roles of Senate majorities and minorities in order to allow the Senate to function again. He said that involves ensuring that the minority is allowed to offer amendments and the majority is allowed to get an up-or-down vote on legislation once the amendment process is over.

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