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  •  Can they conduct other business when the (0+ / 0-)

    matter being filibustered is the business before the Senate? I see them shift gears to morning business mode from time to time, but I thought they had to dispose of the business at hand one way or another before moving on. That was supposed to be the power of the filibuster - at least in the past. It prohibits the senate from moving on and delays essential legislation. Caro discusses this at length in his "Master of the Senate" series on LBJ's rise to power.

    •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

      The talking filibuster would certainly prohibit other business from being brought up. From what I understand, at least since Reagan was in office, the Majority Leader will know of an intended filibuster before a bill is brought to the floor, and will then make a decision whether to actually engage on it or not.
      But I am no procedural expert.

      Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

      by Icicle68 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 10:01:25 AM PST

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      •  That was true even when LBJ was leader (0+ / 0-)

        Civil rights legislation got push aside for years because of filibuster threat, and committee chairs would delay important measures to make it hard to bring up anything for which a filibuster was threatened because mandatory spending bills and such would be blocked. A little chess, a lot of checkers.

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