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Why Does the United States Senate Have the Filibuster? And Should the Democrats End It Now?

The American political system contains a number of features that enable minorities to thwart majorities. One of these is a procedure called the filibuster, whereby a single U.S. Senator can delay legislation until a super majority of Senators votes to override it.

Howard Green will explain the development of the filibuster, consider its current implications, and discuss the pros and cons of eliminating it.

Historian Howard Green spent most of his career at the New Jersey Historical Commission; he also taught at a number of New Jersey colleges and universities. He has written or edited a few books and a handful of scholarly articles, curated museum exhibitions, and conducted countless oral-history interviews.

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register through our website by clicking the Register Now on the right. Directions for Self Registration can be found here. You can also register by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteers. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021, 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM
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