Paging Mr. Smith! How the Senate May Return to the Old School Filibuster

by news on December 30, 2010

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Paging Mr. Smith! How the Senate May Return to the Old School Filibuster

Brian Beutler/TPM – The consensus package will aim to put an end to “secret holds” (anonymous filibuster threats) and disallow the minority from blocking debate on an issue altogether. Those two reforms are fairly straightforward. The third is a bit more complex. Udall, along with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), say there’s broad agreement on the idea to force old-school filibusters. If members want to keep debating a bill, they’ll have to actually talk.

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