Senate Filibuster Rule

Bob Edgar talked about Common Causes’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate filibuster rule, which has been… read more

Bob Edgar talked about Common Causes’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate filibuster rule, which has been invoked with increasing frequency since 1981, and even more since the 110th Congress to block legislation and judicial appointments. Topics included the history of the rule, some of the recent bills that have been blocked, and his reasons for seeking change to the rule via the courts rather than through legislation. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 

Richard Arenberg spoke by phone about the history of the Senate filibuster.

The Senate filibuster rule allows one or more senators to speak as long as they wish on any topic in order to block a Senate vote on a bill. The filibuster can only be ended when three-fifths of the Senate vote to end the filibuster, known as cloture. 

C-SPAN Radio’s Bobbi Jackson read news headlines at the end of the program. close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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May 15, 2012
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May 16, 2012

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  • May 15, 2012 | 7:46am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 16, 2012 | 3:12am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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