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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 filibuster is fundamentally different today because of two changes to Senate rules--changes that explain the body's current inability to act.
What Republicans did to Obama's nominee Garland was worse than a filibuster, Schumer said.
However, in 2013, when Democrats controlled the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nv.) had employed a seldom-used parliamentary procedure, now often referred to as the "nuclear option," to change Senate rules to eliminate the right to filibuster presidential nominees, including nominees to the lower federal courts.
There are now 20, up from 16 on Friday, who have backed Democratic leader Chuck Schumer's filibuster call.
Republicans are frustrated by the Senate Democratic minority's embrace of the same filibuster tool that Republicans so skillfully used to grind legislative machinery to a halt when Democrats controlled the Senate.
During the first century of Congressional history, there were roughly twice as many filibusters in the House as the Senate.
With all that said it took a change in the filibuster rules to win final approval of Watt's nomination.
We understand the frustration that a filibuster can hold for a narrow majority seeking to advance its agenda, whether that's a bill or a judicial nomination.
The filibuster was successful, but only delayed legislation that was easily approved by conservative lawmakers during a second special session and signed by Gov.
Not only have we seen a large increase in the threat of filibusters in the modern era, and a corresponding use of cloture as a commonly used majority tactic, but the abusive use of the legislative "hold" has also emerged.
the same ground: the filibusters had "allow[ed] a minority that