Fix the Senate Now, a liberal-leaning coalition — including the Alliance for Justice, Common Cause, the Communication Workers of America and the Sierra Club — began an intensive campaign after Obama’s reelection to end what they said was unprecedented obstruction by Senate Republicans.  Victory arrived last month when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did what had once been unthinkable: using a parliamentary maneuver known as the “nuclear option” to restrict the filibuster, a move that has helped speed through executive branch nominees.