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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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It is extraordinary that the Labour party, which has stood on manifesto after manifesto to reform the House of Lords, is planning to oppose the programme motion and therefore try and stop this reform going ahead.
The MP is not concerned that by opposing the programme motion the effort to introduce democracy to the Lords could collapse.
Richard Reeves, who is stepping down as director of strategy, stressed the importance of next week's vote on a programme motion that would restrict Commons debate of Lords reform.

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