In Defending the Filibuster, a veteran Senate aide and a former Senate Parliamentarian maintain that the filibuster is fundamental to the character of the Senate. They contend that the filibuster protects the rights of the minority in American politics, assures stability and deliberation in government, and helps to preserve constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.
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Now, with Donald J. Trump about to become president and Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, the Senate minority’s chief tool for blocking legislation and nominations — the filibuster — may be in danger.
"The Necessity of the Filibuster" is from the January 04, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Richard A. Arenberg and narrated by Kristi Burns.
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