Filibuster Overkill

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The filibuster once was a tool of last resort in the US Senate, when a minority felt it was subject to tyranny by the majority. In the 1970’s there were less than two cloture motions a month, rising to three in the 1990’s.  Now it’s become a routine device to delay, and even obstruct, majority rule, according to Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Rules.




Warren Olney