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Questions tagged [filibuster]

Questions related to the process in which allows one or more members to delay a debate over a piece of legislation, thereby preventing a vote on the proposal itself. It can also be referred to as "talking out a bill" or "talking a bill to death".

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Why would filibuster work if opposition has more than enough votes to pass bill?

If the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in the Senate with an overwhelming vote of 73–27, then why would a filibuster even matter? This is my reasoning, which I know is incorrect, hence the ...
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Why did Mitch McConnell vote against cloture for the continuing resolution on 2018-01-19?

The record shows that Mitch McConnell voted against cloture for a continuing resolution which would have kept the government open. He had said Democrats were trying to “hold the entire country hostage”...
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How did Tax Reform (2017 December) pass with a simple majority in Senate?

Tax Reform is not technically a spending bill, which can otherwise be passed with simple majority. Why has it passed with simple majority instead of 60 votes? Currently senate is waiting on 60 votes ...
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Is Japan unique in allowing for a 牛歩 or “ox walk” filibuster?

In the Japanese Diet (or at least in its upper chamber) you can perform a kind of filibuster known as a 牛歩 (gyūho), or "ox walk", by walking SUPER SLOWLY (like an ox) to cast your vote. I'm not 100% ...
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Why aren't Democrats denying Gorsuch a hearing instead of just filibustering?

When President Obama selected Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat, Republicans refused to hold a hearing, much less vote. Now that Gorsuch has been selected by Republicans, why can't Democrats ...
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Can the US Senate stop the filibuster by silencing the minority?

In recent years, the Senate has operated under a filibuster rule that 60 votes are needed to end debate and bring an issue to a vote. However, President Trump has encouraged the Senate to "go nuclear"...
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The origin of the filibuster rule? And Mr Gorsuch's joke

I'm reading the Economist article: Donald Trump taps Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. I don't understand the following statement: With only a 52-to-48 edge, Republicans cannot rely on their ...
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Can cloture for position nominations ever be returned to 60/100 in senate?

In 2013 in response to the Republicans rejecting President Obama's nominees, Senate Democrats reduced the vote to halt a filibuster to confirmation of certain government positions to 50 votes. Now, in ...
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Why would a liberal be nervous under a conservative majority House/Senate/President, when a Senate vote for cloture requires 60 votes?

I keep seeing headlines about how excited the current Republican majority is to pass all the legislation they ever wanted now that they have control of the House, Senate, and Executive office. But ...
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Can Obamacare be repealed through budget reconciliation?

Last night Republicans won control of the Presidency and retained control of the House and Senate. So naturally, there will be an attempt to repeal Obamacare. But Republicans will not have a ...
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Filibusters in the United States Senate

My understanding is that filibusters in the US Senate are used to consume all the time allocated for a debate on a measure and thus forcing an eventual vote on a bill. Some of the filibusters last ...
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Can senators walk out of a filibuster?

In the U.S. Senate, it is not uncommon for senators to speak for hours on the Senate floor. Some infamous filibusters include a 24-hour speech against the Civil Rights Act and Ted Cruz's campaign to ...
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Historically, why is the filibuster allowed?

As an European, I find it very strange for a modern democracy to allow someone to obstruct the functioning of a democratically-elected political organisation. So, is there a historical (or other) ...
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Did the Senate break their own rules by invoking the nuclear option?

Senate Democrats modified the rules of the Senate, invoking the nuclear option The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” making it possible for Congress to confirm ...
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How did the Senate filibuster rules apply to Sen Rand Paul's filibuster?

I understand the basics of a Senate Filibuster. But after Sen Rand Paul's filibuster on 3/6/2013 he was interviewed by CNN and mentioned: The floor was left unguarded. Was he referring to a ...
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In the U.S., why does the majority party in a new Senate session always approve the filibuster rule?

In the U.S. Senate, the Senate rules apparently do not apply to the first day of a new Senate session until the rules are voted in by a simple majority. Given this, and that the filibuster comes from ...
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In the U.S., how can the filibuster be invoked without continued speeches?

In the U.S. Senate, the filibuster allows a single senator to effectively block a vote by way of the senate rules that allow for unlimited debate, but now, the senate rules have somehow been modified ...