Mimi Marziani

Mimi Murray Digby Marziani serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where she works primarily on campaign finance issues. Her political commentary has appeared in U.S. News and World Report and The National Law Journal, she is a frequent contributor to the Brennan Center’s blog.

Founding Father knows best

There is no constitutional right to filibuster

Debates about Senate procedural reform very often have constitutional undertones. Some claim that senators with strong, minority-held viewpoints have a constitutional right to prolong debate, even indefinitely. A related, more nuanced, argument begins by pointing out that our Founders envisioned the Senate as a careful, deliberative body that would check the rashness of the House of Representatives. Accordingly, some argue, the Framers intended that Senators be able to debate without limit. I am going to address and -- I hope -- refute each of these claims.

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