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Nov 30

Filibuster ''Reform'' or ''Power Grab'': A Discussion of the Senate’s Rules

The complex rules of the United States Senate are the subject of a national debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced his intent to consider a proposal to reform the rules of the Senate to curtail the use of the filibuster in January of 2013. The filibuster allows Senators 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. Republicans are upset by Reid’s frequent use of a parliamentary tactic to block amendments from members of the minority party and worry that reform will result in a power grab by the party in power. Join us as we debate and discuss the filibuster, proposed rules changes, and the traditional role of the United States Senate in the legislative process.

More About the Speakers

Brian Darling
Senior Fellow, Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Norman J. Ornstein
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Bill Wichterman
Former Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

James Wallner
Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee