While it is unlikely the Senate will abandon the filibuster, it is clear that the rules governing the use of the filibuster must change if the body is to be prevented from becoming a more serious impediment to competent governance. The chaotic, hit-or-miss process in which rather mundane matters are debated at great length while more important issues are slipped past the full Senate without significant debate or opportunity for amendment turns the concept of deliberation on its head.
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Filibuster and Deliberation
The Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group, has a new report on the filibuster titled "From Deliberation to Dysfunction: It is Time for Procedural Reform in the U.S. Senate." The report says: