The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory Update: The Filibuster

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote today on a number of rules changes, from making it harder for individual senators to hold up legislation to potentially limiting the filibuster.Susan Liss, Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Mimi Marziani, counsel for the Democracy Program, explain the potential change to the filibuster. They are both authors of a new study released by the Brennan Center for Justice called “Filibuster Abuse.”


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Opinion: It's Time to Reform the Filibuster

Monday, January 24, 2011

There are national debates we need to conduct, yet the Senate is held captive by a measure that, under the pretense of extending debate, actually prevents debates from ever taking place. Furthermore, there are times when a broad consensus exists across party aisles, yet secret steps allow individual Senators to scuttle this unity.

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The Filibuster Is Good for America

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I think many of the rule changes being floated by Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado make a whole heck of a lot of sense. I think it's insane that you need 60 votes to even bring a debate to the floor in the Senate, and why we haven't barred secret holds on legislation already is entirely beyond me.

But the wisdom of pushing for these common sense rule changes might be derailed by the overkill path the Democrats are using to get there.

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The Takeaway

Vice President Joe Biden on the Filibuster

Friday, February 05, 2010

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich caught up with Vice President Joe Biden yesterday. Biden, who was traveling his old stomping grounds on Capitol Hill to swear in Senator Scott Brown, had some interesting things to say about the filibuster rule in the Senate.

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The Takeaway

In Washington: The F Word Everyone Says

Friday, January 22, 2010

This week in Washington has been all about the F word you can say on the air: 'Filibuster.'

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The Takeaway

What History Teaches Us About the Supermajority

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The election of Republican Scott Brown as Massachusetts' new junior senator on Tuesday night sent shock waves through Washington. Politicians of on both sides of the aisle flocked to microphones to give their takes on the future of health care reform now that the Democrats no longer have the Senate 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. But how did we come to expect a 59-vote majority as a bad thing? We look at the history of the supermajority.


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