Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of the Filibuster in the Senate

The History of the Filibuster in the Senate

From the C-SPAN Original Production The Senate: Conflict and Compromise, the concept and the history of the filibuster is explained.

Description

From the C-SPAN Original Production The Senate: Conflict and Compromise, the concept and the history of the filibuster is explained. U.S. Senate Historian Betty Koed gave an explanation of how the rule was used throughout the history of the Senate.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain what is meant by a filibuster in the Senate.
  • Describe what happens during a filibuster.
  • What specific issues have filibusters been used for in the past?
  • What is cloture and how is it used?
  • How has the use of filibusters and cloture expanded in the last few decades?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Cloture
    • Debate
    • Filibuster
    • Senate

    Topics

    Legislative Branch

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity