Cloture

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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.

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Stabenow, who voted against the cloture motion and said she strongly opposes the Azar nomination, said that, when she questioned Azar, he appeared to be vague about whether he supports either the Affordable Care Act EHB benefits mandate or a federal requirement that health insurance cover maternity and newborn expenses.
Despite the urgency to resolve the nation's economic crisis, a disproportionate amount of the Senate's business is spent on the voting on cloture motions.
cloture motion not in order to conduct or perpetuate a filibuster per
Calling the cloture motion proposal "another reactionary movement masquerading in the name of reform," Sherman argued that an elimination of the filibuster goes directly against the constitutional principles upon which the Senate as a body was formed.
1745 and sent a cloture motion signed by sixteen Senators to the Senate President's desk.(77) The cloture motion was delayed, however, because of the rapidly unfolding events surrounding the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the U.S.
On Thursday, July 29, Republican Senators defeated a procedural cloture motion to limit debate and move toward a final vote on the Senate version of the Small Business Jobs Act (H.R.
Based on a proposal by Majority Leader Senator Reid and adopted by unanimous consent on May 26, 2010, the Senate agreed to consider and vote on six amendments within strict time limits, to be followed by a vote on a cloture motion filed on May 25, 2010.
Today's cloture motion passed after a failed attempt on Wednesday when a pair of Democratic senators said a few more amendments needed to be considered.
"I am hopeful that Republicans share our belief that now is the time to complete our work on this important bill and move back to our equally important jobs agenda," Reid said in a released statement after filing the cloture motion.
The first procedural vote on the effort was blocked on Monday by Senate Republicans, with a cloture motion failing in a 57-41 vote.
From that point forward, debate in the Senate concerning the nomination had moved beyond the question of whether to consider and on to the question of whether to confirm Under these circumstances, Senate approval of only one cloture motion, not two, was required to end debate and bring the nomination to a confirmation vote.