National Affairs: Death by Filibuster

On the evening of Feb. 19 Senator Sheppard, Texas Democrat, opened the final debate on the Administration Ship Subsidy bill with a seven-hour speech on the League of Nations. Similar arguments against the measure continued for more than a week until the bill was pronounced dead by Senator Jones, its manager.

This simple method of murdering a bill is called " filibuster." Any senator can speak on any subject at any time at any length; nothing can stop him but physical exhaustion. Friends and foes of the measure regard a filibuster as a sporting...

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