The Hill’s History-Cast: The last days of the filibuster

The Hill’s History-Cast: The last days of the filibuster

In 1806, at the encouragement of Vice President Aaron Burr, the Senate dropped a rule that limited debate. Twenty-five years later, the filibuster was born, when a group of senators blocked consideration of a bill to build a bridge over the Potomac.

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But as the Senate considers Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to take a seat on the Supreme Court, the fate of the filibuster itself is up in the air. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Eighty-eight years of debt pieties Ernst says Trump should sign defense policy bill with military base renaming provision MORE (R-Ky.) has indicated that he will consider eliminating the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees to cut off Democratic objections.

In this week’s episode of The Hill’s History-Cast, we take a deep dive into the historical roots of the filibuster, what it’s meant for some of the great debates in the nation’s history — and whether Republicans could take things one step farther by demolishing all filibusters.

Check out this week’s episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favorite podcast platform.