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Cloture

The procedure by which debate is formally ended in a meeting or legislature so that a vote may be taken.

Cloture is a means of terminating a filibuster, which is a prolonged speech on the floor of the Senate designed to forestall legislative action.

cloture

noun abandonment, abeyance, adjournal, adjournment, arrest, break, cease, cessation, check, closure, desistance, discontinuance, discontinuation, halt, interruption, lapse, letup, lull, noncontinuance, recess, standstill, stay, stop, stoppage, suspension, withdrawal
See also: cessation
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Lors de la soiree de la cloture, le public du theatre Mohamed V a vibre aux rythmes de la jeune chanteuse Nadia Khaless.
Nous avons l'intention de construire une cloture identique, avec quelques changements necessaires a cause des conditions differentes sur les hauteurs du Golan", a-t-il affirme, selon un communique publie par son bureau.
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Goodwin, a Democrat, cast his vote with the majoirity on the cloture measure.
Bush's presidency (2001 to 2008), the number of cloture motions rose by -- percent.
a supporter of the price-fixing measure, actually voted against cloture, not because he was in favor of the filibuster, but as a procedural maneuver.
He has proposed four successive cloture votes, with the number of senators needed to approve cloture being lowered each time until the fourth vote, which would require only a simple majority.
At least 60 Senators must vote to invoke cloture to move the bill forward.
96), the Senate failed to reach cloture last week due to squabbling over procedural issues which have stalled its passage.
After several attempts to get cloture (a procedural move that shuts off debate and prevents the offering of amendments unrelated to the topic of the bill), it became clear that the Senate would not be able to move the legislation off the floor.
But that was three votes shy of the 60 needed for cloture.
Although your senators may have voted yes to invoke cloture (against business) last year, they could change their minds this year.