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THE SENATE FILIBUSTER: NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE – April 27, 2021

Insiders and historians say the filibuster is what makes the Senate what it is, and different from the House. Others say that is precisely the problem with it. The filibuster has come under fire as a serious impediment to social change and popular will, critics say. As Joseph Biden’s presidency settled in with an activist agenda, the Senate’s unique filibuster rule has come under pressure to either be reformed or abolished altogether. In this Congress Report, congressional expert and Washington journalist Jamie Stiehm traces the history of the filibuster through to the implementation and usage of it in the Senate today.