Rand Paul Loves Filibustering, But Does It Work?
Rand Paul is filibustering a vote to renew parts of Patriot Act, but it's not the first time he's used the filibuster as a way to generate publicity.By Ben Levin | May 20, 2015
The U.S. Senate, never famous for its productivity, was especially slow Wednesday evening as Kentucky Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Rand Paul continued another long filibuster.
What's a filibuster? Well, it's something Rand Paul is very good at: You stand behind your Senate desk and talk for as long as you can in an effort to delay anything else from happening.
This time, it's about the Patriot Act: Rand Paul is trying to gum up the efforts of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to renew section 215 of the controversial law, passed in the aftermath of 9/11, which, under the NSA's interpretation, allowed the agency to collect and store the phone records of all Americans. (Video via MSNBC)