Ending Rampant Filibuster Abuse Vital

November 21, 2013

After the Senate’s vote today limiting filibusters on presidential nominees, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law released the following statement from President Michael Waldman:

“The Senate’s action today is a significant step to help overcome government dysfunction. The Senate’s proper role is to advise and consent, not obstruct and deny. Recent filibusters have paralyzed Washington. One branch of government is preventing the other two from operating. Ending rampant filibuster abuse is vital for our courts to fulfill their promise of justice and our agencies to effectively execute our laws.”

Read the Brennan Center’s report detailing the sharp rise in legislative obstruction in the Senate and urging reform. Also see our recent analysis on how government gridlock has created a surge in vacancies in federal district courts.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact Erik Opsal at erik.opsal@nyu.edu or 646-292-8356.