2021-07-14 14:14:55

The Origin of the Filibuster





Stephen Spaulding, senior counsel for Public Policy and Government Affairs at Common Cause talks about the origin of the Filibuster. #JustSolutions #Filibuster There is increasing attention being paid to the filibuster, the Senate rule requiring a threshold of 60 votes for legislation to pass instead of a simple majority.


The filibuster has a history of impeding civil rights legislation and was recently used to block the introduction of the For the People Act.


Critics say the rule has a racist history and concentrates power in the hands of the few.


Today’s guest is Stephen Spaulding, Senior Counsel for Public Policy and Government Affairs at Common Cause, one of the voting rights groups calling on the Senate to reform its rules.


Common Cause says the filibuster is undemocratic because it means a minority can stop any legislation in its tracks.




FSTV’s Just Solutions features inspiring conversations with activists, community leaders, and others working to make our world a better place. We discuss the many challenges we are facing, while exploring the solutions emerging from the grassroots.

Missed an episode?  Check out Just Solutions on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.







Common Cause Civil Rights Legislation Filibuster For the People Act Free Speech TV Just Solutions Stephen Spaulding United States

Politics

The Thom Hartmann Program

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

The Thom Hartmann Program

Will Herschel Walker’s Ad Inspire Another Mass Shooting?

Will Herschel Walker’s Ad Inspire Another Mass Shooting?

The Stephanie Miller Show

Perpetuating Violence Makes for a Dangerous Democracy

Perpetuating Violence Makes for a Dangerous Democracy

The Randi Rhodes' Show

The DOJ has Appointed a Special Counsel

The DOJ has Appointed a Special Counsel

Related

Democracy Now!

"A Near-Death Experience": U.K.-Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Nearly Dies on Hunger Strike

"A Near-Death Experience": U.K.-Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Nearly Dies on Hunger Strike

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — November 16, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — November 16, 2022

The Green Amendment on #JustSolutions

The Green Amendment on #JustSolutions

The David Pakman Show

Republicans ALREADY Suing to Throw Out Mail-In Ballots

Republicans ALREADY Suing to Throw Out Mail-In Ballots

Proud Partners