Cloture

Prediction

  1. What do you think cloture means?

  2. Use cloture in a sentence:

  3. Describe an example of cloture in current events:

Fun Fact

Definition

The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

Sentence

Although the Senate was unable to reach a cloture vote to end Senator Cruz's filibuster, they could always be counted on to look good on Dancing With The Senators.

Example

Senate easily invokes cloture on GMO label bill


Question(s)

  1. How many votes does it take to pass a vote of cloture?

  2. Which chamber of the Congress can use cloture to end a filibuster?

  3. How different would the U.S. political system be without Cloture?