Senate Rules

  • 12.24.14

    Filibusters and Cloture in the Senate

    Recently, there has been much discussion in the news about filibusters and the rules surrounding them. This report from the Congressional Research Service describes what a filibustering is "Filibustering includes any use of dilatory or obstructive tactics to block a measure by preventing it from coming to a vote." ...

    Recently, there has been much discussion in the news about filibusters and the rules surrounding them. This report from the Congressional Research Service describes what a filibustering is "Filibustering includes any use of dilatory or obstructive tactics to block a measure by preventing it from coming to a vote." It goes through the history of the filibuster, and ways that the Senate has halted or reduced filibusters "Senate Rule XXII, however, known as the cloture rule, enables Senators to end a filibuster on any debatable matter the Senate is considering."