The Week: Most Recent Congress:The Filibuster Fight recent posts.en-usFri, 07 Dec 2012 09:10:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Congress:The Filibuster Fight from THE WEEKFri, 07 Dec 2012 09:10:00 -0500Mitch McConnell's amazing filibuster of his own bill<img src="" /></P><p>Parliamentary procedure is as baffling and dull to most people as it is important to our legislative process. But the Senate gave us a very watchable &mdash; interesting, even &mdash; little civics lesson on Thursday, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filibustered a bill he had introduced only hours earlier. The bill at hand was a measure proposed by the White House, based on a "last-choice," one-off fix McConnell himself came up with in the 2011 debt-ceiling standoff, to take America's borrowing limit out of Congress' hands &mdash; the president could raise the debt ceiling,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:10:00 -0500Is it finally time to reform the filibuster?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The Senate, goes the old adage, is the saucer that cools the hot tea cup of legislation passed by the House. And one of the institutional procedures that gives the Senate that chilling power is the filibuster, which allows a solitary senator to hold up a bill unless it has the support of a supermajority of 60 of the Senate's 100 lawmakers. And in recent years, abuse of the filibuster has turned the proverbial saucer into "a deep freeze," says Jonathan Weisman at <em>The New York Times</em><em>,</em> "where even once-routine matters have become hopelessly stuck and a supermajority is needed to pass almost anything...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 26 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0500Will the Senate scrap the filibuster on January 5?<img src="" /></P><p>A large group of Democratic senators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, wants to reform the filibuster process on January 5, the first day of the new Congress &mdash; when, according to precedent, the incoming Senate majority can alter the rules by a simple majority vote without fear of the process itself being filibustered. Although Reid's exact plans are unknown, the changes would reportedly require legislators to be speaking on the Senate floor in order to block a proposed bill (see Jimmy Stewart in <em>Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)</em>. Will this work, and is it constitutional for Democrats to even...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 29 Dec 2010 12:36:00 -0500Is it time to nuke the filibuster?<img src="" /></P><p>In a development that has the potential to fundamentally alter the workings of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid says the next Congress will look at doing away with the filibuster. Reid opposed changing the rules when the GOP ran Congress, but he says Republicans, who are filibustering at a record pace, are abusing the practice. Republicans counter that a partisan attempt to disarm a long-standing tactic will "poison" the atmosphere on Capitol Hill. Is doing away the filibuster the right move for Dems?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Democrats must do something to counter GOP obstruction:</strong> Harry Reid doesn't want to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Mar 2010 17:20:00 -0500The latest Tweets on 'the filibuster'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Mar 2010 12:17:00 -0500The furor over the filibuster<img src="" /></P><p><strong>What is a filibuster?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s a procedure used in the U.S. Senate to prevent legislation or nominations from ever getting past the talking stage. Senate rules allow members to debate a matter indefinitely, unless at least 60 out of 100 senators vote to cut off debate, or &ldquo;invoke cloture.&rdquo; The debate doesn&rsquo;t even have to take place. Senators can simply indicate that they&rsquo;ll oppose a cloture vote, and if they have 41 votes, supporters of the bill or nomination will often pull it before the debate even begins. In other words, the mere threat of a filibuster is now enough...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 17 Feb 2010 01:19:00 -0500