THE CONGRESS: Vote on the Filibuster

In the new session's first vote of consequence, the U.S. Senate cast party lines to the wind: a whopping bipartisan majority defeated, 70 to 21, a bipartisan minority's attempt to do away with filibusters.

The minority was trying to improve the prospects for' a civil-rights bill, hitherto blocked by the filibustering of Southern Democrats. The Senate has carried on as a continuing body each session (which has only one-third new members), starting with rules of procedure adopted in the past. This year the minority proposed to break with the precedent; by treating the session as a new body, new rules...

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