Debate Over The Senate’s Use Of The Filibuster
Just 17 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a new Gallup poll. Many are surprised the rating is that high given the gridlock, dysfunction and general inability of Congress to get anything done. And many believe one of the causes is the increasing use of the filibuster. Immortalized by Jimmy Stewart in the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," this legislative tactic allows a single senator to endlessly delay or kill a bill that is supported by the majority. Some believe this is an important power afforded to senators and it allows thorough debate on legislation. Others argue it impedes effective government. Please join us to talk about the debate over the filibuster.
President and CEO, American Revolution Center
Co-author of "Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate"
Democratic Senator from Oregon
Professor of political science, Rutgers University