Filibuster has long Senate history

tags: filibuster, AP, Strom Thurmond, Rand Paul



WASHINGTON — The filibuster — used this week by Republican Sen. Rand Paul to oppose John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director — is a parliamentary tactic used to block or delay legislative action.

Using a filibuster, a senator can essentially hold the floor to prevent a bill from coming to a vote.

Filibusters — from the Dutch word for “pirate” — were popularized in the 1850s and continue today in the Senate on the thinking that any senator should be able to speak as long as necessary on an issue, according to Senate historians. Paul’s filibuster lasted nearly 13 hours, ending early Thursday....




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