The U.S. Senate is in a virtual deadlock. That's because, while they are a minority, the Senate Republicans have enough votes to sustain a filibuster. That means they have the power to block everything (except reconciliation bills and the approval of federal judges).
One is left to wonder how it is in a democracy that the minority can block any bill by the majority. Is it even constitutional for that to happen? Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says it is not constitutional. Here is his reasoning (from his own blog):