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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.

cloture

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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A ce titre, la soiree de cloture resume a elle seule cette remarquable progression.
Selon la Croix-Rouge, apres avoir passe la cloture, les migrants se sont diriges en courant vers le centre de retention de l'enclave espagnole.
"Nous avons l'intention de construire une cloture identique, avec quelques changements necessaires a cause des conditions differentes sur les hauteurs du Golan", a-t-il affirme, selon un communique publie par son bureau.
the cloture threshold, rather than abolishing the filibuster altogether,
Goodwin, a Democrat, cast his vote with the majoirity on the cloture measure.
(1) During the congressional, term with the highest number of cloture motions, Senators filed--more than during the term with the second-highest number.
Following the unsuccessful cloture vote, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or.) warned, "We'll have plenty of additional chances.
He has proposed four successive cloture votes, with the number of senators needed to approve cloture being lowered each time until the fourth vote, which would require only a simple majority.
Lott has indicated that if an agreement cannot be reached with Feingold, and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) who also opposes the bill, he will consider "filing cloture" to advance the bill.
96), the Senate failed to reach cloture last week due to squabbling over procedural issues which have stalled its passage.
After several attempts to get cloture (a procedural move that shuts off debate and prevents the offering of amendments unrelated to the topic of the bill), it became clear that the Senate would not be able to move the legislation off the floor.
Although your senators may have voted yes to invoke cloture (against business) last year, they could change their minds this year.