The Role of the Filibuster

Posted on AllSides August 4th, 2020

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  • The filibuster is a political procedure that allows senators to obstruct the passage of a bill through lengthy debate and procedural motions. A cloture ends a filibuster and requires 60 votes.
  • During late Senator John Lewis' eulogy, President Obama called on Congress to end the filibuster when discussing the historical use of the filibuster to restrict civil rights legislation and African American voting rights.
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