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Marty Gold Joins Hatch Foundation as Visiting Scholar to Make Definitive Case for Preserving the Senate Legislative Filibuster

Washington, DC—Today the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation announced that Martin B. Gold—a longtime congressional aide and one of the nation’s leading experts on Senate procedure—will join the think tank as its 2022 visiting scholar. In this capacity, Gold will contribute his expertise to the Hatch Foundation’s symposia and publications, including the annual Hatch Center Policy Review. As author of the Policy Review, Gold will discuss the case for preserving the Senate legislative filibuster. The report will highlight the moderating role the legislative filibuster has played throughout our nation’s history.
 
“Marty Gold quite literally wrote the book on Senate procedure,” said Hatch Foundation Executive Director Matt Sandgren. “And we are honored to welcome Marty as this year’s visiting scholar. The legislative filibuster is a defining feature of the Senate. That’s why we are focusing our intellectual firepower on understanding its history and purposes.  I am confident that this report will have value to Republicans and Democrats alike and will be used as a resource by congressional scholars for many years to come.”
 
“It’s an honor to be named the Hatch Foundation Visiting Scholar for 2022,” said Hatch Foundation Visiting Scholar Marty Gold. “The Senate had no stronger ally than Orrin Hatch, who dedicated his life to protecting the culture of comity and compromise that has defined ‘the world’s greatest deliberative body.’ As the Senator well knew and often expressed, the legislative filibuster is central to preserving the Senate as an institution and fostering its necessary role as a moderating influence on politics and policy.”
 
“The drumbeat to dismantle the legislative filibuster has quickened in recent years, commensurate with rising partisanship,” said Hatch Foundation Board Member and former Senator Gordon Smith (R-Oregon). “But the Hatch Foundation stands for the timeless principles of American democracy, legislative moderation being foremost among them. For decades, the Senate filibuster has protected our country against the fickle impulses of popular opinion. It is essential to the Senate’s nature, which is why we see real value in preserving it. We’re grateful to have Marty on board to lead this effort.”
 
“Marty Gold’s name is synonymous with Senate procedure,” said former Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas). “For decades, he has advised leading legislators on the parliamentary processes and procedures that make the Senate function. To call him an expert is an understatement. He understands the Senate in all its intricacy better than anyone I know. He also understands the critical role the legislative filibuster has played in upholding the Senate’s role under the Constitution. That’s why I have no doubt that this report will be read by Republicans and Democrats alike and will act as a bulwark against the further erosion of Senate norms.”
 
About Martin B. Gold
 
Marty Gold brings over 40 years of legislative and private practice experience and currently serves as a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. He is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and U.S. policy in Asia. He frequently advises senators and their staff and serves on the adjunct faculty at George Washington University. In 2022, Gold received the College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award. Before business, professional, and academic audiences, he speaks about Congress as well as political and public policy developments. He is the author of Senate Procedure and Practice, now in its fourth edition, as well as Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress, A Legislative History of the Taiwan Relations Act: Bridging the Strait, and The Twenty-second Amendment and the Limits of Presidential Tenure: A Tradition Restored.

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