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A debate over ending debate: Explaining the filibuster fight

Posted on AllSides May 4th, 2021
From The Center
US Senate, filibuster, filibuster reform

With the Senate – and the nation – closely divided, frustration over the filibuster has grown. Those in the majority tend to see it as an obstacle to progress. For those in the minority, it’s about protecting their rights.

Perhaps no Senate rule is as famous as the filibuster, which starred in its own Hollywood film. In the Oscar-winning “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Jimmy Stewart’s character holds forth on the Senate floor for almost 24 hours to delay a vote on a bill marred by political corruption. Although he...

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