Defending The Filibuster, Revised And Updated Edition: The Soul Of The Senate

Paperback | December 12, 2014

byRichard A. Arenberg, Robert B. DoveForeword byOlympia Snowe

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Many argue that the Senate filibuster is undemocratic or even unconstitutional. Recent legislative disputes have brought criticism of Senate rules into sharp relief, and demands for abolition or reform of the filibuster have increased. In Defending the Filibuster, a veteran Senate aide and a former Senate Parliamentarian maintain that the filibuster is fundamental to the character of the Senate, protecting the rights of the minority in American politics, assuring stability and deliberation in government, and helping to preserve constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers. Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove provide an instructive historical overview of the development of Senate rules, describe related procedures and tactics, and argue passionately for measured reforms.

Thoroughly updated to reflect recent events, this edition includes a new chapter recounting the events of 2012-13 that led to the first use of the "nuclear option" to restrict the use of the filibuster for presidential nominations, as well as a new foreword by former US Senator Olympia Snowe. The authors offer a stimulating assessment of the likelihood of further changes in Senate procedure and make their own proposals for reform.

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Many argue that the Senate filibuster is undemocratic or even unconstitutional. Recent legislative disputes have brought criticism of Senate rules into sharp relief, and demands for abolition or reform of the filibuster have increased. In Defending the Filibuster, a veteran Senate aide and a former Senate Parliamentarian maintain that ...

Richard A. Arenberg served in senior congressional staff positions for 34 years as aide to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin. He is Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University.Robert B. Dove is Parliamentarian Emeritus of the US Senate, having served as the S...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 12, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253016274

ISBN - 13:9780253016270

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Senator Olympia Snowe
Preface
1. Soul of the Senate
2. Filibuster, Cloture, and Unfettered Amendment
3. History of the Filibuster
4. Polarized Politics and the Use and Abuse of the Filibuster
5. Criticisms of the Filibuster
6. The Dangers of Overzealous Reform
7. Related Tactics: Holds
8. Related Tactics: Filling the Amendment Tree
9. Circumventing the Filibuster: Reconciliation
10. Reforming the Filibuster: The Constitutional Option
11. Reforming the Filibuster: The Nuclear Option
12. Bring in the Cots
13. Defending the Filibuster
14. Looking Ahead
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"A timely, well-researched, and cogently argued defense of the filibuster by two veterans of the Senate staff who understand the issue and its consequences." -Donald A. Ritchie, author of The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction