The filibuster, a practice in which members of Congress can purposely delay a proposal through a lengthy speech or debate, is a source of controversy among both political parties. The Onion takes a look at the history of the filibuster.
Philip Schuyler becomes first member of Senate to ramble on a little too long about something no one else cares about.
Aaron Burr helps cement the filibuster into Senate law, keeping in mind that any good democracy is built on loopholes.
A group of Whig senators stage the first successful filibuster in a stroke of legislative genius that explains why the party is still such a dominant force in politics today.
President Woodrow Wilson urges change to the filibuster on the grounds that it’s super annoying when you really want to drive the U.S. into a war but a coequal branch of government won’t let you.
Jimmy Stewart’s iconic filibuster in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington inspires countless future politicians to misconstrue own passionate causes as heroic.
A tearful Wayne Morse abruptly stops his 22-hour filibuster of the Submerged Lands Act after realizing what he’s really speaking out against is his strained relationship with his father.
Strom Thurmond ends 24-hour, 18-minute filibuster against the Civil Rights Act after finally getting word in over the applause.
Rand Paul figures this the most effective way for him to grab some easy headlines.
Mitch McConnell’s nine-hour filibuster to defeat 19th consecutive Democrat-sponsored bill to fight climate change only underscores importance of always letting both sides have their say