History and Use of the Filibuster

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and current and former Senate staff members talked about the history and use of the filibuster. Senator… read more

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and current and former Senate staff members talked about the history and use of the filibuster. Senator Alexander argued in favor of keeping the filibuster rules in their current form, citing the late Senator Robert Byrd’s depicting the filibuster as a “fence” that protected against executive branch over-reach. Following his remarks, panelists talked about the use of the filibuster and similarly opposed proposals to eliminate the practice in the Senate. They also responded to audience members' questions.

This program took place one day before the opening of the 112th Congress. Democratic members of the Senate were proposing to alter the filibuster rule on the first day of the new Congress in response to Senate Republicans use of the filibuster in the 111th Congress. close

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History and Use of the Filibuster

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Program ID:
297308-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 4, 2011
Last Aired:
Jan 18, 2011

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  • Jan 04, 2011 | 2:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 04, 2011 | 8:44pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 05, 2011 | 12:55am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 05, 2011 | 9:07am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 05, 2011 | 11:13am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 06, 2011 | 7:12am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 07, 2011 | 8:09am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 07, 2011 | 8:44am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 14, 2011 | 6:10pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 18, 2011 | 2:07pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 18, 2011 | 2:42pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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