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p. 223. Congress and its bicameralismlocked

  • Richard M. Valelly

Abstract

‘Congress and its bicameralism’ explores an institution that defines how the Senate's party leaders bargain with each other: the filibuster. A senator or a group of senators “filibuster” when they exploit the right that every senator has always had to be recognized for debate and to bring up any subject at all. In doing this, a filibustering senator or set of senators seizes control of Senate business, greatly slowing the legislative process. Those senators who can enable or block filibusters can influence the fate of legislation and presidential nominations to the federal judiciary, executive agencies, and independent regulatory commissions.

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