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Filibuster Explained: How Minority Party in Senate Controls Legislative Process

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Published on Aug 23, 2012

One Senator can stop the Senate from voting on a bill just by raising objection. No more all night phone book readings, like we saw in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And unless the Senate can get 60 votes to override that one Senator, nothing happens.

Since the Democrats took over the Senate in 2006, the Republicans have used the filibuster more than ever, to shut down the Democrats' and, since 2009, Obama's legislative agenda.

This video from the American Constitution Society explains how it works and what the impacts are.

To see the entire event, watch it on C-SPAN: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/30...

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