Filibuster

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Filibuster

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.

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The talk both on these national weather channels, and on local newscasts (with weather 'on the tens') never flags, and you see these climatic filibusterers grow almost cheerful when they have actual tornado damage to report!
The middle years of the seventeenth century were dark times for the city of Caracas, when the Camino Real carried little trade but much bad news-the earthquake of 1641, epidemics and plagues (including one of mice, a year later), and attacks by filibusterers on Maracaibo and La Guaira.
A native of New York, Paulding had a distinguished naval career as acting lieutenant of the Ticonderoga in the Battle of Lake Champlain (1813), in service against the Barbary pirates (1815), in a campaign against Walker's filibusterers in Nicaragua (1857), and as commandant of the New York navy yard (1861-65).
In the Senate, filibusterers can talk a single bill to death just by keeping the debate going until the deadline passes.
When the filibusterers triumphed, Wilson's anger escalated into foaming rage, which he funneled into a public statement on March 4: "A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible." It would not cure the situation to call the 65th Congress into extraordinary session, Wilson ranted, for in the absence of consent to limit debate, the "paralysis of the Senate would remain" and the majority that favored the bill would continue to be "powerless, helpless."