'Abolishing it completely:' Sen. Blumenthal discusses his view on the filibuster

Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined civil rights attorney Mark Arons on Saturday to discuss filibuster reform.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2021, 1:59 AM

Updated 1,153 days ago

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined civil rights attorney Mark Arons on Saturday to discuss filibuster reform.
The filibuster is a legislative procedure where talk is used to delay or prevent action. Arons says there's a strong argument for doing away with it.
"It's been used as a means of pure obstruction, primarily on civil rights issues, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, so instead of consensus and bipartisanship it's all about obstruction at this point," he says.
Sen. Blumenthal adds, "Reforming the filibuster could mean abolishing it completely, which is what I favor, so reforming it to make members of the Senate actually come to the floor and talk, if they're going to try and talk a bill to death, and that kind of talking filibuster may be a first step."
Many Republicans say the filibuster protects the rights of individual senators.


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