Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Cloture”

Cloture: process by which a filibuster can be ended in the Senate.
For example, cloture played a large part in the defeat of the immigration reform bill in the Senate last week. In order to end debate (and prevent filibusters) and move forward on the bill, the Senate needed 60 members to vote “yes” to cloture. They did not get to that number and thus did not get cloture, and the bill died.
See “Senate Drives Stake Through Immigration,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The Washington Post, June 29, 2007

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