AEI Event: The Senate Filibuster: Tool of Mass Obstruction or Key to Deliberation?

 Cots in the U.S. Senate, 1960. Source:
Cots in the U.S. Senate, 1960. Source:

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

AEI, Auditorium
1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Senate filibuster and the threat of its use have grown in importance since the early 20th century. But has it grown too powerful? Has the filibuster strayed too far from its roots in promoting deliberation and protecting the voice and prerogatives of the minority, becoming instead a tool that obstructs the will of the majority? Has it become, as President Trump has argued, an “archaic” rule, “forcing bad decisions,” or is the filibuster here to stay? As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said, to abolish the rule would “fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We’re not going to do that.



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