Filibuster and the Senate

Senator Rand Paul filibustering. C-Span

Endless Debate.

The United States Senate serves as the cooling saucer of our democracy, to avoid rash decisions and to slow the political process down. Watch the following Youtube Clip below on the Senate and answer the questions that follow.

Questions for Completion.

1.  What is the filibuster? How has the usage of the filibuster changed over time?

2.  What is the connection between the civil rights era and the filibuster?

3.  How has the filibuster evolved in the last decade? In other words, what is the nuclear option?

4.  In your opinion, should the right to unlimited debate be removed from the Senate rule? Why or why not?