Filibuster: Is reforming the filibuster possible (yes), or is getting rid of it needed (no)?

  • Yes. Reforming the filibuster is a must.

    Yes. Reforming the filibuster in today's age of partisan politics is a must! Republicans and Democrats alike have both started to use the filibuster as a play to delay legislation from reaching the vote stage. Reform is needed to enforce regulations surrounding a filibuster in an effort to prevent it from being political strategy

  • Don't Kill the Filibuster: Reform It!

    The filibuster has a reputation as the unruly devil child of parliamentary procedure, a tool used by either party in desperate situations to hold the floor, delaying a vote. We have all seen, a dignified white haired senator, reading into the record some lengthy treatise that is only marginally related to the issue under consideration, the object being not to relinquish his permission to speak by stopping or leaving the room. He doesn't eat. He doesn't sleep. He doesn't do any of the other things that most people find it necessary to stop and do at regular intervals. He stands alone. Everyone else except possibly a sleepy assistant has fled the chambers. His proponents are in awe of him. His detractors curse under their breath. Eventually something happens and for one reason of another the ordeal ends. That is what the filibuster has been but that does not have to be its future. A strict code of conduct for holding the floor for a reasonable period of time can be drawn up by a committee selected to be evenly peopled by all parties in power. Reasons for allowing a filibuster to begin, guidelines for content and relevance of speeches made, and for length of time the speaker may continue must be reasonable, agreed upon and, strictly outlined. Penalties for violations should involve very high fines and mandatory jail time. Filibusters under the new guidelines would not continue more than perhaps four hours and would be used only to present concise, directly relevant information not otherwise available. They would not long be a dodging technique. But I think we should still call the filibuster for old times sake, to show that progress can be made.

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