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Dysfunction is nothing new in Washington, but there is little doubt that dysfunction in the U.S. Senate has been at an all-time high recently. Two Senators, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), have been quietly working behind the scenes to make the Senate work—at least when it comes to largely non-controversial pieces of legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will allow debate on the reauthorization of a child care block-grant program—where both sides will get equal time and equal opportunity to offer amendments. This will be a return to more regular order in the Senate.

If all goes as planned, Reid will allow the same process on a handful of other bipartisan initiatives ranging from sentence overhauls to manufacturing to energy efficiency.

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