OP-ED

It's impossible to overstate the breadth and depth of the damage that McConnell has done to our country and our democracy.

Former-U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., spoke to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Jan. 24, 1995. (T.J. Sokol/AP)

The coronavirus pandemic death toll rises above 82,000 Americans. The administration continues to fumble the response leaving the nation’s governors on their own to design fifty separate strategies.

The president shows no empathy.

He claims to...

My dentist frequently reminds me not to grind my teeth. As I watched heroic Wisconsin voters stand in line for hour after hour during a pandemic, I ground harder. As I read the Supreme Court's decision requiring Wisconsin voters to choose between the risk of disease and their right to vote, I clenched my fists. And as I watch as the president on his nightly realit...

Not only has the process been accelerated, but increasingly the minority in the Senate has been cut out of the process. This encourages a president to appoint more partisan and ideological judges. Until recently, most federal judges were confirmed by voice vote in the Senate: 98 percent of George H.W. Bush’s nominees to Circuit Court were confirmed by voice vote....

Today the Senate teeters on the edge of that black pit once again. Can the highly polarized and poisonously political current Senate show such higher purpose? It seems unlikely.

Such bipartisan resolve might be welcome if the objective were not so misguided.

The procedural rule requiring 60 votes, in most cases, to end a filibuster — to cut off debate and proceed to a vote on a pending bill — is a defining, frequently maligned feature of the Senate. But while most of us have heard of the filibuster, myths about what it is, and isn’t, abound. Here are five.

Presidents are sometimes enraged by the supermajority requirement to end a filibuster in the Senate because it gets in the way of one-party rule. This is when it is most important!

The Senate, once a crown jewel in our political system, is failing America. At its best, which many Americans still remember, the Senate was the place where the parties came together, through extended debate and super-majority requirements, to find common ground to move our contentious, diverse nation ahead.

Without the filibuster as a counter-weight against totally majority-driven procedures, Chairman Grassley (R-IA) and his majority were able to ignore fundamental demands. The minority was helpless to insist that all the necessary documents be produced to the committee.

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University