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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.


noun abandonment, abeyance, adjournal, adjournment, arrest, break, cease, cessation, check, closure, desistance, discontinuance, discontinuation, halt, interruption, lapse, letup, lull, noncontinuance, recess, standstill, stay, stop, stoppage, suspension, withdrawal
See also: cessation
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As noted above, reforms in the filibuster and the cloture rule to tip the scales of action more toward the majority might have the salutary effect of reducing some of the tactics used by the majority to overcome obstruction, such as routine early filing of cloture motions and restricting minority amendments.
whenever a cloture motion supported by a majority of the Senate is
said he would file a cloture motion if Republican party members "stick to their strategy of indefinite delay.
WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As medical liability costs continue to rise across the country and doctors in high-risk specialties such as trauma care and obstetrics are forced out of practice, the country's most vulnerable patients -- including women and accident victims -- were denied needed protection when medical liability reform opponents today blocked a cloture motion on the Pregnancy and Trauma Care Act (S.
WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senate's failure today to advance medical liability reform, after proponents of reform were unable to overcome a cloture motion on the Patients First Act of 2003, is seen by many in the health care community, including the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Health Care (CARH), as a good start in a critical campaign that many vow will remain a top priority.
A follow-up cloture motion cannot be filed until disposition of the prior cloture motion.
WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- United Steelworkers of America (USWA) President George Becker issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Senate voting down a cloture motion on S.
announcement that he will vote against a cloture motion to limit debate on the "Employee Free Choice Act" (EFCA).
Senate, there have been 1,249 cloture motions since 1950.
1) During the congressional, term with the highest number of cloture motions, Senators filed--more than during the term with the second-highest number.
5, Reid filed a series of cloture motions to set up votes on the jobs bill, a move designed to convince Sens.
Page 2: "This report provides data only on nominations on which cloture motions were offered.