Filibusters and the Senate Rules

Archive Report

The immediate introduction by Senator Underwood, a leader of the Democratic minority, of a resolution to carry out the demand voiced by the Republican Vice President in his inaugural address that the rules of the Senate be revised to provide against minority obstruction has laid the ground work for a decisive contest in the new Congress to set aside the time-honored rule of unlimited Senatorial debate.

Point has been given to the Vice President's criticisms of the Senate rules by current threats of filibuster in the special session of the Senate and the warning of Senator Norris that, he will organize a filibuster to defeat all appropriation bills in the short session of the present Congress unless final action has meanwhile been taken on his ...

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