1. Strom Thurmond (D-SC)
24 hours, 18 minutes
Aug. 28, 1957
2. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY)
23 hours, 30 minutes
Oct. 17, 1986
3. Wayne Morse (I-OR)
22 hours, 26 minutes
Apr. 24, 1953
4. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
21 hours, 19 minutes
Sep. 24, 2013
WHY IT MATTERS
Use of the filibuster has grown over the past 40 years [NPR], with some believing it has helped grow partisanship and the differences between the two parties. Many are questioning if the practice should be eliminated from congressional practice.
Some believe the practice is inefficient. Senator Harry Reid called Senator Ted Cruz’s 2013 filibuster attempt to prevent funding for the Affordable Care Act “a big waste of time.” [The New York Times]
Some believe filibusters are used too often and have made action on routine legislative issues difficult. [NPR]
The filibuster is not a part of the U.S. Constitution and some believe it is therefore unconstitutional. [The New York Times]
KEEP THE FILIBUSTER!
Control the power
The filibuster serves as another form of checks and balances to ensure one party doesn’t have all the power. [CNN] Some feel it is important to remain.
Some believe a filibuster can help progress towards a mutual deal between the two parties. Some believe that killing the filibuster ends the debate too early, and causes extreme partisanship. [The Economist]
Some believe filibustering can help prevent radical or extreme legislation, as well as undesirable appointments for government positions. [The Washington Post]
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Is the unprecedented use of going nuclear for Supreme Court nominees going to have long-term effects on filibustering?
Does the practice of filibustering actually create more discord and partisanship?