from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion.
- transitive verb To apply cloture to (a parliamentary debate).
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- noun law In
legislative assembliesthat permit unlimited debate( filibuster); a motion, procedureor rule, by which debate is ended so that a vote may be taken on the matter. For example, in the United States Senate, a three-fifths majority vote of the body is required to invokecloture and terminate debate.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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So any vote against cloture is now an “attempted” filibuster that justifies actual filibusters of all subsequent nominees or, worse, anonymous holds, regardless of whether the “attempt” had a plausible chance of success or was merely a symbolic protest with no likelihood of actually interfering with a nomination?
The nominal function of cloture is to have full, informed debate before casting a simple majority vote.
So, you see, what the Dems want, by filing cloture, is to stop debating whether to debate the bill, and start debating the bill itself.
I may have to modify my opinion that abuse of cloture is constitutional during consideration of legislation.
If so … I think that Democrats should be careful to frame this in the following way: a vote for cloture is a vote that recognizes the right of the American people to hear a frank debate about health care reform.
What happens if a motion for cloture is “vitiated” or there is “no action”?
The reason the republicans are fighting against cloture is because it's the only chance to stop the Dems from enacting their hyper-partisan agenda.
Why not give the VP the right to provide the 60th vote when cloture is at hand or limit debate to 720 hours (1 Month)?
Seeing us achieve cloture is a new, exciting thing!
I believe Nate had a post a while back pointing out that when there are 98 Senators, the threshold for cloture is only 59.