Using the filibuster to delay debate or block legislation has a long history. The term filibuster, from a Dutch word meaning "pirate," became popular in the United States during the 1850s when it was applied to efforts to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent action on a bill.
Read about filibusters and cloture proceedings.
Learn more about the filibuster by reading these essays from the Senate Historian’s office.
Read up on filibuster and cloture with this report.
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