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Podcast: The history and constitutionality of the filibuster

April 6, 2017 by NCC Staff

 

Earlier this week, Senate Democrats announced that they have enough votes to sustain a filibuster of the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. It is widely expected that Senate Republicans will amend Senate rules to allow a simple majority to end the filibuster.

Is the filibuster an integral part of the Senate’s role and character? Or is it an impediment to a functional legislature?

Joining We the People to discuss are two leading experts on Congress and the filibuster.

Richard Arenberg is Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Brown University and author of Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate.

Josh Chafetz is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and author of “The Constitutionality of the Filibuster” in the Connecticut Law Review.


Show Notes

This show was engineered by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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