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Defending the filibuster : the soul of the senate

Author: Richard A Arenberg; Robert B Dove
Publisher: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, ©2012.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Arenberg; Robert B Dove
ISBN: 9780253001917 0253001919 9780253006981 0253006988
OCLC Number: 773025033
Description: xviii, 261 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Soul of the Senate --
Filibuster, cloture, and unfettered amendment --
History of the filibuster --
Polarized politics and the use and abuse of the filibuster --
Criticisms of the filibuster --
The dangers of overzealous reform --
Related tactics : holds --
Related tactics : filling the amendment tree --
Circumventing the filibuster : reconciliation --
Reforming the filibuster : the constitutional option --
Reforming the filibuster : the nuclear option --
Bring in the cots --
Defending the filibuster --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove ; foreword by Senator Mark Udall and Senator Ted Kaufman.

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