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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!