Whether or not you think today was “a shameful day for Washington”, the process by which additional gun control measures were defeated in the Senate is quite interesting.
A filibuster in the United States Senate usually refers to any dilatory or obstructive tactics used to prevent a measure from being brought to a vote. The most common form of filibuster occurs when a senator attempts to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a bill by extending the debate on the measure, but other dilatory tactics exist. The rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn”[^1] (usually 60 out of 100 senators) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture under Senate Rule XXII.
Published on April 18th, 2013