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A tactic used by a legislative representative to hinder and delay consideration of and action to be taken on a proposed bill through prolonged, irrelevant, and procrastinating speeches on the floor of the House, Senate, or other legislative body.

A filibuster is stopped by cloture, a legislative procedure that enables a vote to be taken on the proposed measure.


noun attempt to obstruct legislation, blockage, cunctation, delay, delay in legislation, dilatory obstruction, hindrance, impediment, interference, obstruction to congressional action, prevention of congressional action, protraction, retardation, retardment, stalling, stoppage
See also: delay, detain, forestall, hold up, procrastinate, prolong, protract, restrain, stall
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also demonstrates just how countermajoritarian the filibuster, when
His 21-hour filibuster targeting the federal Affordable Care Act propelled him into the national spotlight.
Many Republicans are eager to restore the filibuster threshold to 60 votes on all nominations, arguing that the move would be consistent with their earlier complaints about Democrats' filibuster reform.
But filibuster abolition is more than a one-shot proposition.
4) Since a three-fifths majority is necessary to invoke cloture, this increased use of the filibuster effectively imposes a supermajority vote requirement to approve nominations or pass most legislation in the Senate.
The filibuster has been so effective over the centuries because it's been difficult to stop: Senators must first vote to cut off debate before they can even consider approving a bill or nomination.
The rule change does not apply to Supreme Court nominees, who are still subject to a 60-vote filibuster threshold, or to legislation.
But was it "disgraceful" (in the words of GOP Chair Jennifer Horn that she a) didn't attend the filibuster reform meeting and b) took too long to own up to where she was instead?
Davis' filibuster will reach the Senate well ahead of this special session of the Legislature's deadline.
The world's longest filibuster was 24 hours and 18 mins delivered by US Senator Strom Thurmond, right, against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
26) The first real filibuster for purposes of obstruction did not occur until the 1820s.
Today's Senate Democrats likewise have toyed with neutering the filibuster.