Video: Understanding and Misunderstanding the Filibuster with James Wallner

The filibuster is one of the great bugbears of American politics. Democrats and Republicans routinely blame the infamous practice when the Senate fails to act on their policy priorities, but how much is it actually to blame for our federal dysfunction? With an historic election set to take place in November, talk is greater than ever that the filibuster may be abolished or altered to ensure swifter passage of legislative priorities and quicker approval of presidential nominations.

James Wallner, resident senior fellow at the R Street Institute, expert on legislative procedure and recent defender of the filibuster shares his thoughts on the history of the filibuster, its transformation in modern times and what the next few years might hold for this unique feature of the Senate.


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