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    • Filibusters in the U.S. Senate Christopher M. Davis American Bakers Association September 23, 2011
    • What is a Filibuster? Intent to block a measure or matter by preventing a vote Tools: Extended debate, amendment, and motions Possibility of two filibusters on one bill Ended only by cloture or by unanimous consent
    • VIDEO: Hollywood Filibuster
    • Senate Rules Make Filibusters Possible Most business occurs by unanimous consent Presiding Officer may not use the power of recognition to control business No debate-ending motion in Senate rules Few limits on the number or order of amendments No general germaneness rule
    • Ending Debate: Invoking Cloture May be filed on any pending debatable question Petition signed by at least 16 Senators Roll call vote two days of session later after a mandatory live quorum call Approval requires 3/5 of all Senators (2/3 of those present and voting for rules changes) Under cloture, question remains unfinished business with 30-hour cap on consideration Amendments must be germane and filed by specific deadlines
    • VIDEO: Cloture Motion
    • Where Has “Mr. Smith” Gone?  Increasing use of Senate “holds”  Rules and precedents favor the filibusterer, not the majority  Opportunity cost and the filibuster  Cloture and the “60-vote Senate”
    • VIDEO: Present Filibuster
    • Final Observations  Avoiding the filibuster: the rise of commissions and “fast track” statutes  Is the Senate “broken?”  Citadel: The role of the Senate in our system