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Filibustering and Majority Rule in the Senate: The Contest over Judicial Nominations, 2003–2005

Gregory Koger

in Why Not Parties?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226534879
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226534947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226534947.003.0009
Filibustering and Majority Rule in the Senate: The Contest over Judicial Nominations, 2003–2005

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This chapter begins by explaining how simple majorities can reduce minority rights in the Senate even if a minority attempts to obstruct reform. It shows that senators can use unconventional tactics to circumvent a filibuster against a formal change in the standing rules of the Senate. It then assesses the frequency and partisanship of parliamentary rulings in the modern Senate. Finally, it turns to the fight over judicial nominations from 2003 to 2005, which culminated in a bipartisan agreement to preserve the right to filibuster while limiting the use of that right.

Keywords: majorities; minority rights; senators; filibuster; parliamentary rulings; partisanship

Chapter.  7070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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