Authors Richard Arenberg and Robert Dove discuss their new book, Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, an informed and spirited defense of the Senateâ€™s tradition of extended debate.
Robert Dove, Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate, spent thirty-six years on Capitol Hill, thirteen of them as the U.S. Senate "referee." He advised Senators on legislative process and procedures. Dove played a pivotal role in key Senate debates including the impeachment trial of President Clinton and the electoral college decisions in the 2001 presidential election. He is the author of the Senateâ€™s definitive publication, â€śEnactment of a Law: Procedural Steps in the Legislative Process.â€ť
Richard Arenberg served on Capitol Hill for thirty-four years in senior Congressional staff positions, as a Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin. He served on the Senate Iran-Contra Committee and was a key negotiator of the landmark Alaska Lands bill. Arenberg is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown Universityâ€™s Taubman Center for Public Policy, Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science at Northeastern University, and Adjunct Lecturer in Government at Suffolk University.