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Word: filibuster

Definition: block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter


Sentences Containing 'filibuster'

A filibuster indefinitely prolongs the debate, preventing a final vote on the nominee.
Alan Yang, a "Parks and Recreation" writer, conceived the idea of Leslie using a filibuster at her own public meeting.
Because white Democrats controlled all the Southern seats in Congress they had outsize power in Congress and could sidetrack or filibuster efforts by Northerners to pass legislation against lynching, for example.
During Leslie's filibuster at the town hall meeting, she begins reading "The Phantom Tollbooth", a children's adventure novel written by Norton Juster.
During the administration of President George W. Bush, Coburn spoke out against the threat by some Democrats to filibuster nominations to judicial and Executive Branch positions.
He primarily studies and speaks on elections in the United States, campaign finance reform, Senate and filibuster reform, Congress, redistricting, and political polarization.
In 1855, the filibuster William Walker installed himself as President of Nicaragua, taking over the ATC's assets in the country in the process; he was ousted in 1857 by forces backed by Vanderbilt. Having regained control of the ATC, Vanderbilt approached the Pacific Mail Steamship Company and the United States Mail Steamship Company [http://www.trainweb.org/panama/mail.html], which operated routes across Panama, and offered to stop running the Nicaragua route in return for a $40,000 monthly stipend.
On December 16, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on Mayorkas' nomination in an attempt to cut off a filibuster by Republican senators.
When Ron tells Leslie to try to place a positive spin on the meeting and prevent a vote from occurring, Leslie attempts to filibuster the meeting.
While senators may attempt to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee in an attempt to thwart confirmation, no nomination for Associate Justice has ever been filibustered.

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