An Historical Overview of Senate Filibusters and Cloture

With few examples of the practice before the 1830s, the strategy of “talking a bill to death” was common enough by mid-century to gain a colorful label—the filibuster. Introduction The Senate tradition of unlimited debate has allowed for the use of the filibuster, a loosely defined term for action designed to prolong debate and delay[…]

A History of the Filibuster in the United States Senate

Although not explicitly mandated, the Constitution and its framers clearly envisioned that simple majority voting would be used to conduct business. Introduction A filibuster is a parliamentary procedure used in the United States Senate to prevent a measure from being brought to a count. The most common form of filibuster occurs when one or more senators attempt to delay or block a vote[…]