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Dean Weich: Fix the Filibuster - Don't Kill It

March 12, 2013
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In a March 10 op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich considers the ills and the benefits of the Senate's rules for the filibuster—a way of owning the debate most recently used by Sen. Rand Paul in a marathon 13-hour session.

"The fact is, some filibusters are good and some are abusive," Weich, a former U.S. Justice Department official and chief counsel to U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Majority Leader Harry Reid, wrote in the piece. "The rules should be reformed, but reformers should be careful not to go too far. Happily, the Senate earlier this year passed two resolutions by broad, bipartisan margins that will speed work on widely supported legislation and nominations without gagging the likes of Senator Paul or others inspired by Jimmy Stewart in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'

Read the op-ed.