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,  ...
VIDEO: Hollywood Filibuster
Senate Rules Make Filibusters Possible Most business occurs  by unanimous consent Presiding Officer may  not use the pow...
Ending Debate: Invoking Cloture   May be filed on any pending debatable question   Petition signed by at least 16 Senato...
VIDEO: Cloture Motion
Where Has “Mr. Smith” Gone?                   Increasing use of                    Senate “holds”                   Rule...
VIDEO: Present Filibuster
Final Observations  Avoiding the   filibuster: the   rise of   commissions   and “fast track”   statutes  Is the Senate ...
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  1. 1. Filibusters in the U.S. Senate Christopher M. Davis American Bakers Association September 23, 2011
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. VIDEO: Hollywood Filibuster
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. VIDEO: Cloture Motion
  7. 7. 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”
  8. 8. VIDEO: Present Filibuster
  9. 9. 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

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