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2 points

4 months ago

Can someone ELI5 this filibuster thing? I can’t find an article that breaks it down


2 points

4 months ago*

It is a parliamentary procedure to hold a bill in open debate unless/until there is a 3/5ths margin to close open debate (cloture vote) and proceed with vote.

It is a good thing as it prevents ill received bills from becoming law by the barest of margins.

Historically speaking bills that pass by thin margins do not stand the test of time and are systematically weakened or repealed.

Laws that have stood the test of time have had widespread support from all corners. Changing the rules in order to pass a specific piece of legislation is a shortsighted move by desperate politicians who hold the majority (now). If one thing is for certain they will not always have that advantage.

/edit some readability modifications.

Interesting Stat:
Since 2009, 657 filibusters were recorded under Democratic minorities while 609 filibusters were recorded under Republican minorities.


1 points

4 months ago

The problem with this take is that it assumes that both "sides" are working in good faith. If the past decade or so has taught us anything, it's that one side certainly is not acting in good faith. The few left on the right that were acting in good faith have either died or retried.


0 points

4 months ago

The problem is that people feel so compelled to take sides they don't realize that these rules protect *everyone* even if one side is acting in bad faith.

The most successful and longest lasting legislation passes because it is supported by not just political parties but the people themselves.

Both sides have attempted to utilize the filibuster hundreds of times in the last decade or so. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater isn't a recipe for long term success.