Alexander exits Senate with defense of filibuster, call for change

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 02, 2020 8:06 PM CT | Published: December 02, 2020 3:55 PM CT
<strong>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t need a change of rules. The Senate needs a change of behavior,&rdquo; U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (shown in a file photo) said Wednesday, Dec. 2, in a farewell address before the U.S. Senate. &ldquo;And the behavior that needs to change first is for individual senators to stop blocking amendments of other senators. If you are opposed to something, you ought to vote no.&rdquo;</strong> (Susan Walsh/Associated Press file)

“We don’t need a change of rules. The Senate needs a change of behavior,” U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (shown in a file photo) said Wednesday, Dec. 2, in a farewell address before the U.S. Senate. “And the behavior that needs to change first is for individual senators to stop blocking amendments of other senators. If you are opposed to something, you ought to vote no.” (Susan Walsh/Associated Press file)

The senator from Tennessee told colleagues on the Senate floor Wednesday that being a senator is like “joining the Grand Ole Opry and not being allowed to sing.”

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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