This letter begins, 'Dear Senator Schumer: We are writing to express our support for your calls to reform the rules of the U.S. Senate and encourage you to move forward on a package of strong reform. New York has a special stake in reforming the rules of the United States Senate. Facing unparalleled challenges a judicial vacancy crisis, a languid economic recovery, and threats at home and abroad, the country cannot afford another two years of inaction fostered by outmoded and broken legislative institutions. In recent decades, Senate conventions have devolved to remove incentives for bipartisan comity, collegiality, and compromise. Whereas Senators once resorted to filibustering only in rare and exceptional instances of intense opposition, rampant obstruction has now transformed standard operating procedure.'