Dilatory Motion or Tactic (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Dilatory Motion or Tactic

Retrasos, by Daniel Lobo

Retrasos, by Daniel Lobo

A motion made for the purpose of killing time and preventing action on a bill or amendment by a chamber or a committee. House rules outlaw dilatory motions, but enforcement is largely within the discretion of the Speaker or chairman of the Committee of the Whole. The Senate does not have a rule banning dilatory motions, except under cloture. The tactics include, among others, demanding quorum calls and votes at every opportunity.

Also see Cloture; Filibuster; Point of Order; § 6.230, Cloture in Senate Floor Proceedings, in Congressional Deskbook.

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