The cloture rule–Rule 22–is the only formal procedure that Senate rules provide for breaking a filibuster. A filibuster is an attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter. Under cloture, the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours of debate.
Learn about how the cloture process works on the Senate floor.
Senate Action on Cloture Motions 1919-present
Learn more about cloture by reading these essays from the Senate Historian’s office.
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