AEI: The Senate filibuster: Tool of mass obstruction or key to deliberation?

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09/28/2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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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1:45 PM

2:00 PM
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

2:10 PM
Peter Hanson, Grinnell College
Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law
James Wallner, R Street Institute

Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

3:00 PM

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