Filibuster a cudgel; not a deal-maker

The original idea behind the filibuster rule was kind of charming in that it promoted compromise. In today's world of polarized politics, it has become a weapon that enables the minority party to obstruct rather than negotiate.



March 9, 2021 - 9:39 AM

The U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 16, 2021. Photo by (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Last week, the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed an important and ambitious election reform bill that would require states to allow no-excuse absentee voting, expand automatic voter registration and end partisan gerrymandering, among other reforms.

Now the measure, in all likelihood, will go to the Senate to die.

But wait, you may ask — don’t Democrats have a majority there?

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