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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.


noun attempt to obstruct legislation, blockage, cunctation, delay, delay in legislation, dilatory obstruction, hindrance, impediment, interference, obstruction to congressional action, prevention of congressional action, protraction, retardation, retardment, stalling, stoppage
See also: delay, detain, forestall, hold up, procrastinate, prolong, protract, restrain, stall
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"Although it is funny that most young people think filibustering is a slang sex term, I think it reveals a deeper problem that most 18- to 25-year-olds aren't engaged or educated in politics enough."
But, as we discuss in Part II, the procedures that comprise the conventional option have been used throughout the history of the House and Senate to limit filibustering. Indeed, it has been the most common, conventional method of reforming the filibuster.
Changes that balance limits on filibustering with increased protection for minorities in other areas have the potential to ratchet down polarization and partisan recrimination.
filibustering exist because Senate Rules deliberately lack provisions
--"[If] any Member [who signed the accord] considered that another Member was filibustering a judge under a circumstance that was not extraordinary, [then] any Member had the right to pull out of that agreement and to go back and say: I am going to use the constitutional option to change ...
The filibustering against Myers, who was blocked last term and renominated for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, centers on the fact that when he was a lobbyist for mining and grazing interests during the 1990s, he dared to raise his voice against autocratic federal regulators.
(34) On May 6, 2003, I chaired a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights to examine the constitutional issues presented by the filibustering of judicial nominees.
Smith Goes To Washington" Geoghegan describes staying up, one hot and sticky Chicago night, and working out some numbers in front of a fan about how few people a filibustering Senate faction can represent.
federal authorities for breaking filibustering laws.
No present unwritten rule of the Senate, then, restrains today's senators from excessive filibustering. So, the authors of this book think that the Senate's written rules must be changed to do so.
Smith Goes to Washington to the contentious civil rights debates of the 1960's, the American public has witnessed the practice of filibustering in the Senate with both scorn and adoration.