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Senate Filibuster

Frequency Of Senate Filibuster Being Applied Has Been On The Rise; Is That Trend About To End?

Today the Senate filibuster procedure allows a minority party with 41 votes to stop most legislation. The Senate tradition of unlimited debate has allowed for the use of the filibuster, a loosely defined term for action designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill, resolution, amendment, or other debatable question. Both parties have used this method over the years (see inset chart).