Sen. Harry Reid's Filibuster Floor Speech
Posted on Wed May 18, 2005 at 08:00:25 AM EST
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REID FLOOR SPEECH ON USE OF FILIBUSTER
Mr. President, yesterday morning I spoke here about a statement the Majority Leader issued calling the filibuster a “procedural gimmick.”
The Websters dictionary defines “gimmick” as - - “an ingenious new scheme or angle.” No Mr. President, the filibuster is not a scheme. And it is not new. The filibuster is far from a “procedural gimmick.” It is part of the fabric of this institution. It was well known in colonial legislatures, and it is an integral part of our country’s 217 years of history.
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