Argument: Threat of Filibuster is used to extort pork giveaways
- Debate: Filibuster - con argument.
Elliot Richardson. "The Case Against the Senate Filibuster". 2005: "In May 1994, for example, our government was forced to give away $10 billion of gold on federal land. Why? Because filibuster threats blocked efforts to fix the Gold Rush-era mining law requiring this giveaway and dozens more in the months ahead, giveaways of billions of dollars that come out of our pockets as taxpayers."