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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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It is not to be taken as providing systematic data on nominations that were or were not filibustered.
It is nonsensical that a motion to suspend the rules can be filibustered, and the current two-thirds supermajority to suspend the rules was concocted out of thin air in defiance of the ordinary interpretation of Rule V.
com/sen-wendy-davis-filibuster-live-stream-watch-texas-senator-try-defeat-abortion-bill-1322501) filibustered A and blocked the SB-5 bill, a law that would potentially close the majority of abortion clinics in Texas, outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, require surgical center standards, and require doctors to have admitting privileges a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
Davis previously filibustered a bill in 2011, though she only spoke for an hour and 18 minutes - the Senate delayed her speech to minimize the length of time she spent on the floor.
Motions to change the rules could be filibustered like any others, but then as now the actual vote required to change the rules was a simple majority.
Today, a minority of Senators filibustered to block the Senate from voting to re- authorize key provisions of the Act.
Democrats filibustered again this year, and at press time Senate majority leader Bill Frist had all-but-promised to use his party's majority to declare the filibusters unconstitutional and force floor votes on all these nominees, which would guarantee their confirmation to lifetime bench appointments.
Provine explained that in 2001, the estate-tax legislation was part of a budget bill, which under Senate rules cannot be filibustered.
By their signatures, the seven Democrats who signed the memorandum agreed that for the remainder of this year and during 2006, "Nominees [to federal judgeships] should only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances, and each signatory must use his or her own discretion and judgment in determining whether such circumstances exist.
Two appellate court nominees filibustered last term have had their nominations moved by a party-line committee vote to the full Senate.
The first recorded episode of dilatory debate occurred in 1790, when senators from Virginia and South Carolina filibustered to prevent the location of the first Congress in Philadelphia.
Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) acknowledged the Democrats had confirmed 168 and filibustered four of President Bush's nominees, but, he said, "four unconstitutional filibusters of these nominees is four filibusters too many.