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The real danger of Harry Reid’s “nuclear” rules change in the U.S. Senate may be the fallout

Bell, Lauren C. (2013) The real danger of Harry Reid’s “nuclear” rules change in the U.S. Senate may be the fallout. LSE American Politics and Policy (23 Nov 2013). Website.

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On Thursday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, invoked the long-awaited ‘nuclear option’ to effectively eliminate the threat of filibusters on most presidential nominations. Lauren C. Bell looks at the history of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, finding that its occurrence greatly increased after the last change to Senate rules in 1975. She argues that despite the appearance that this new rule change will help the Senate to operate more efficiently, past experience has shown that obstructions in the chamber are likely to increase. Given the already polarized nature of Congress, bipartisanship and cooperation are likely to suffer even further.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 14:49
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 23:17

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