PBS on Senate dysfunction and filibuster abuse [VIDEO]
Over the weekend, the PBS show Need to Know ran a fantastic piece on Senate dysfunction, focused in particular on filibuster abuse. It features Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a big supporter of Senate rules reform, and George Packer, who wrote a stellar piece on Senate dysfunction for The New Yorker earlier this year. It’s a lot of good info packed in 15 minutes:Vodpod videos no longer available.
And if that’s not enough to slake your thirst for filibuster wonkery — and how could it be! — here’s an extended audio interview with Packer about his piece.
Of course the prospects for rules reform dimmed considerably after the mid-term elections, but this problem isn’t going away. You better believe Republicans will axe the filibuster the first chance they get.
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