Partisan Rancor In The Senate And The Future Of The Filibuster

Partisan Rancor In The Senate And The Future Of The Filibuster

The Senate majority leader takes steps that could dramatically change filibuster rules: Blocked nominees, partisan rancor and the future of the filibuster.

Last week, bad blood reached new heights over Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s threat to do away with the filibuster. Reid said that if Republicans continue to stall on votes with filibusters for 7 executive branch nominees, he will change Senate rules. He proposed allowing these nominees to be confirmed by simple majority. Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell called it a brazen power grab and said it’s a change democrats “will live to regret”. Diane and her guests discuss partisan rancor, rules in the senate and the future of the filibuster.


Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator (I-VT)

Stanley Brand

partner with Brand Law Group, former counsel to House of Representatives (1976-83) and law professor at Penn State University.

James Thurber

professor and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, and author of "Obama in Office: The First Two Years."

Manu Raju

senior congressional reporter at Politico.

Craig Shirley

republican strategist, Reagan historian; president and CEO, Shirley & Banister Public Affairs; and author of the new book, “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America And Saved The World.”

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