Robert Byrd: Make Them Filibuster

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How could I have missed this? The ultimate master of Senate procedure is now arguing the case:

“Senators are obliged to exercise their best judgment when invoking their right to extended debate,” Byrd said. ” They should also be obliged to actually filibuster — that is, go to the floor and talk, instead of finding less strenuous ways to accomplish the same end.”

Byrd could even give them some pointers on how to do it:

It has been more than two decades since the last time we saw the majority actually make the minority put up or shut up on a filibuster. In 1988, while attempting to shut down a Republican filibuster of campaign finance reform legislation, then majority leader Robert Byrd even went so far as to invoke a power that hadn’t been used since 1942: he dispatched the Senate sergeant-at-arms to arrest missing Senators and escort them to the floor. Oregon’s Bob Packwood was carried onto the floor at 1:19 a.m., after a scuffle in which he attempted to jam his office door and ended up reinjuring a broken finger. Byrd didn’t give up until a record-setting eighth cloture vote failed to end the debate.

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