Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate

De (autor) , Mark Udall
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Recent legislative battles over healthcare reform, the federal budget, and other prominent issues have given rise to widespread demands for the abolition or reform of the filibuster in the US Senate. Critics argue that members' traditional rights of unlimited debate and amendment have led to paralyzing requirements for supermajorities and destructive parliamentary tactics such as "secret holds." 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. They contend that the filibuster protects the rights of the minority in American politics, assures stability and deliberation in government, and helps 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, define and describe related procedures and tactics, examine cases related to specific pieces of legislation, and consider current proposals to end the filibuster or enact other reforms. Arguing passionately in favour of retaining the filibuster, they offer a stimulating assessment of the issues surrounding current debates on this contentious issue.
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ISBN-13: 9780253001917
ISBN-10: 0253001919
Pagini: 261
Dimensiuni: 160 x 229 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Indiana University Press


Foreword; PrefaceOne Soul of the Senate; Two Filibuster, Cloture, and Unfettered Amendment ; Three History of the Filibuster; Four Polarized Politics and the Use and Abuse of the Filibuster; Five Criticisms of the Filibuster; Six The Dangers of Overzealous Reform; Seven Related Tactics: Holds; Eight Related Tactics: Filling the Amendment Tree; Nine Circumventing the Filibuster: Reconciliation ; Ten Reforming the Filibuster: The Constitutional Option; Eleven Reforming the Filibuster: The Nuclear Option; Twelve Bring In the Cots; Thirteen Defending the FilibusterEpilogue; Appendix; Bibliography


"In Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, longtime Senate experts Richard Arenberg and Robert Dove argue that while the filibuster and other Senate rules have undoubtedly been severely abused in recent years, the fault lies with the abusers and not the filibuster itself. Rather, they convincingly argue that the ability to extend debate is a valuable check on the majority party, one that has helped preserve the Senate as a more moderate, careful body than the House of Representatives." Jeff Fleisher, ForeWord Reviews, October 2012

"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

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Richard A. Arenberg served in senior congressional staff positions for 34 years as an aide to Majority Leader George Mitchell and Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University. Robert B. Dove is Parliamentarian Emeritus of the US Senate, having served as the Senate's Parliamentarian and Assistant Parliamentarian from 1966 to 2001. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University, and George Mason University.