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Pro/Con: Are filibusters effective?

By BY ALLISON MILES - AMILES@VICAD.COM
Oct. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Oct. 14, 2013 at 5:14 a.m.


A pair of pink tennis shoes and - toward the end of the night - a back brace helped keep state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, going during her nearly 11-hour filibuster in June against Senate Bill 5.

The bill aimed to ban abortions after 20 weeks and require clinics to meet hospital-style standards, according to a copy of the document.

Three months later, it was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who took the floor, this time for more than 21 hours, in support of defunding the Affordable Care Act.

The filibuster is a long-held tradition of legislators used primarily to hold off or block legislative action.

But is it effective?

Pro: Filibusters raise awareness, allow work to get done

Con: Filibusters don't achieve intended purpose, cause unnecessary holdups

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