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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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Senator John Thune (SD): Filibustering judicial nominees "is contrary to our Constitution .
The filibustering against Myers, who was blocked last term and renominated for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, centers on the fact that when he was a lobbyist for mining and grazing interests during the 1990s, he dared to raise his voice against autocratic federal regulators.
Thus, a filibuster can effectively nullify a nomination in its entirety, whereas filibustering legislation might affect only a portion of it.
Filibustering originally referred to mercenary warfare intended to destabilize a government.
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.
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Mr Tsang made the announcement today after meeting with the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau and Government controlling officers, in response to filibustering of the Appropriations Bill in the Legislative Council.