Yes, a ‘Talking Filibuster’ Would Be Painful — for Senate Democrats

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks on Capitol Hill, December 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Why the rules change could backfire.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A merica’s co-presidents, Joe Biden and Joe Manchin, made waves this month when they each endorsed the idea of changing Senate rules to require a “talking filibuster.”

“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days” Biden told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News last week. “And that is, with a filibuster, you had to stand up and command the floor, and you had to keep talking.

“If you want to make it a little bit more painful, make him stand

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