The McConnell filibuster is not the same as the Jim Crow filibuster – it’s much worse | US politics | The Guardian

To understand how the filibuster became essential, first to southern Democrats and then later to nearly all Republicans, we have to start a little more than 100 years ago. Until 1917, the filibuster allowed any group of legislators, no matter how small, to pass speaking privileges among themselves, holding the Senate floor and indefinitely delaying any bill. But when Senate obstruction threatened to derail America’s military buildup ahead of the first world war, lawmakers changed the rules, allowing a supermajority of senators to break a filibuster and force a vote. Source: The McConnell filibuster is not the same as the Jim Crow filibuster – it’s much worse | US politics | The Guardian