Mark Roth

Senate filibuster no longer requires long floor speech

In 1957, Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina decided to filibuster a civil rights voting act, even though his fellow Southerners had already agreed to a compromise. For the next 24 hours and 18 minutes, speaking softly so he wouldn’t lose his voice, Thurmond read each state’s election laws, the nation’s founding documents and anything …

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