Evan Bayh: Make Them Filibuster

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It’s happened! The first endorsement of our Make Them Filibuster campaign by a current (albeit retiring) member of the United States Senate!

Evan Bayh writes this in today’s New York Times:

For this reason, filibusters should require 35 senators to sign a public petition and make a commitment to continually debate an issue in reality, not just in theory. Those who obstruct the Senate should pay a price in public notoriety and physical exhaustion. That would lead to a significant decline in frivolous filibusters.

Of course, it is possible to force a filibustering Senator to filibuster, even without such a petition. Senator Bayh might want to discuss that possibility with Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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