Senate Passes Filibuster Reform in Landmark Vote

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (R) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) walks through the halls of the U.S. Capitol November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

On Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote, the U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that is seen as one of the most fundamental shifts in the way the Senate functions in more than a generation.

President Barack Obama's third judicial nominee to the D.C. circuit court was halted by Senate Republicans earlier this week—the rule change now breaks the GOP blockade.

Joining The Takeaway to explain the shift is Gregory Wawro, professor of political science at Columbia University and author of the book "Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate."


Gregory Wawro

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]


Maybe he can, but probably, Elizabeth Warren will have more impact. She is a mover and shaker; in the best way a thoughtful American who is concerned for our economy. At this point our House of Representatives is full up with obstructionists. She has launched her own effort to support Mr. Reid - hopefully working together will get all of us moving forward!

Nov. 21 2013 12:32 PM
H. R. Walker

Mr. Hockenberry, you're statement "Of course, the Democrats have been known to use . . ." regarding the filibuster of judicial nominees (and just about every other piece of legislation in recent years) is a ritualistic portrayal of false equivalence which obscures the nature of the extreme partisanship that characterizes today's GOP and the reasons for our dysfunctional government. The constant bows to alleged equivalence on NPR diminishes the value of anything political which you broadcast.
Face the fact, the right-wingers don't listen to or fund public radio. This useless and inaccurate obeisance doesn't gain you any credibility or support. It's truly sad to have witnessed the demise of a once-great source of journalism and intelligent discussion.

Nov. 21 2013 11:35 AM

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