President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden on Bob Dole: 'among the greatest of the Greatest Generation' Moving beyond the era of American exceptionalism The bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns MORE's need to use recess appointments on 15 of his nominees underscores why the institution and rules of the Senate are in dire need of reform, Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiTwo women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history Harris invites every female senator to dinner next week Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Mikulski noted that most administrations, including those of former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden on Bob Dole: 'among the greatest of the Greatest Generation' Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 Maxwell accuser testifies the British socialite was present when Epstein abuse occurred MORE and George Bush, also had to invoke the Constitutional power to free their nominees from Senate obstruction.


But the Maryland Democrat said it was especially necessary in Obama's case, as the upper has chamber has so far failed to vote on 77 of his nominations, some of which have awaited confirmations for months.

"This is why we we ought to reform the institution," Mikulski said, noting the Senate's system of placing holds, sometimes anonymously or indefinitely, has started to "hold up function of government."

"If we actually all work together.. we can bring the institution ahead," noting reform would return the sense of "decorum" that Milkulski said was now absent from the Senate.