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Jan 04

The Filibuster: A Unique Parliamentary Tool of the Senate

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Under the Rules of the United States Senate, a Senator or series of Senators are permitted to speak for as long as they wish, on any topic they choose, unless three-fifths of the Senators vote to invoke cloture, thus ending debate. This parliamentary procedure has a storied history. It has often itself been subject to a great deal of debate – and will be again this January, when the Senate convenes to organize itself for the next session. Join us as we examine the role of the filibuster and the consequences that would result from changes in this unique Senate procedure.

More About the Speakers

Featuring Remarks by
The Honorable Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Member, United States Senate

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Brian Darling
Director, Government Relations, The Heritage Foundation

Steven Duffield
Policy Director, Crossroads GPS

James Wallner
Legislative Director, Office of Senator Jeff Sessions

Bill Wichterman
Senior Legislative Advisor, Covington & Burling, LLP