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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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But, as we discuss in Part II, the procedures that comprise the conventional option have been used throughout the history of the House and Senate to limit filibustering.
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34) On May 6, 2003, I chaired a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights to examine the constitutional issues presented by the filibustering of judicial nominees.
Democratic senators, led by Minority Leader Tom Daschle (SD), have been filibustering to block an up-or-down vote on Estrada's confirmation.
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federal authorities for breaking filibustering laws.
No present unwritten rule of the Senate, then, restrains today's senators from excessive filibustering.
Smith Goes to Washington to the contentious civil rights debates of the 1960's, the American public has witnessed the practice of filibustering in the Senate with both scorn and adoration.
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