Elections

Senate Changes Filibuster Rules

NPR | Jan. 25, 2013 6:14 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 8:49 a.m.

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David Welna

The new rules would make it easier to bring bills and nominations to the floor for debate. There was a time when a senator would have to sustain a filibuster by holding the floor and talking non-stop for hours on end, just as Jimmy Stewart did in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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