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Continued: Senate dysfunction nears historic levels

  • Article by: JACK TORRY , Dayton Daily News
  • Last update: June 7, 2014 - 5:24 PM

The result is a fundamental change in the Senate. Since last July, only nine Senate Republican amendments have received a floor vote.







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  • The U.S. Capitol, where acrimony and politics have largely blocked progress on important issues ranging from immigration to spending priorities.

  • Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Lawmakers and policy experts discussed America's long term debt and economic future. (AP Photo)

  • WWII veteran and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole waves after taking part in a wreath laying ceremony at a 10th anniversary ceremony for the WWII Memorial in Washington, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Deciding which party controls the U.S. Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obamaís tenure could come down to women _ both the handful who are running in significant races and the moderate female voters who often tip close elections. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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