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Filibusters and the Constitution

Renowned former Senate historian Floyd Riddick once said that Senators are expected to "restrain themselves" and "not abuse the privilege of debate." Yet today, a partisan minority of Senators has launched unprecedented filibusters to block the confirmation of the President’s judicial nominees by preventing a bipartisan majority of Senators from even calling a vote on their nominations. This wrangling has constitutional dimensions, raising important questions about the Senate’s role in the judicial confirmation process under the Advise and Consent Clause.