filibuster filibuster  /ˈfɪ lə ˌbə stər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
  2. (v) obstruct deliberately by delaying
  3. (n) a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Many allege - not without reason - that filibuster is the right to endless debate.
  2. Filibuster as a tool has become acceptable, however undemocratic it may be.
  3. The proponents of the bill deplored the threatened filibuster by the opponents of the bill.

News

  1. Texans in Senate show opposition to immigration bill in different ways

    WASHINGTON — Texas’ senators split Tuesday on whether to filibuster a sweeping immigration overhaul plan. Both reject the “Gang of Eight” bill as written.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. Texas senators show opposition to immigration bill in different ways

    WASHINGTON — Texas’ senators split Tuesday on whether to filibuster a sweeping immigration overhaul plan. Both reject the “Gang of Eight” bill as written.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Dallas Morning News

  3. Poison pills enter bruising Senate battle over immigration reform

    Senators headed off a filibuster Tuesday and officially brought the immigration reform bill to the chamber floor, marking the first time since 2007 that the full, thorny issue has been back in front of Congress — and with lawmakers anticipating plenty of hurdles ahead. Within the first two hours, lawmakers ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Washington Times

Quotes

  1. "The United States Senate knocked down a filibuster aimed at blocking a final vote on healthcare reform and scored a big victory for the American people," Obama said.
    on Dec 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters Canada

  2. "Every member of Congress who believes this war must end, from Senators Obama and Clinton to Senator (John) Warner, has a moral responsibility to use every tool available to them, including a filibuster, to force the president to change course,"...
    on Oct 12, 2007 By: John Edwards Source: Forbes

  3. "I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster which would tie up the Senate," Specter said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think if a year passes, there's a much better chance we could come to a consensus."
    on Apr 4, 2010 By: Arlen Specter Source: BusinessWeek

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