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Definition of filibuster:term used to designate obstructionist tactics in legislative assemblies. It has particular reference to the U.S. Senate, where the tradition of unlimited debate is very strong. It was not until 1917 that the Senate provided for cloture (i.e., the ending of the debate) by a vote of two thirds of the Senators present. Yet, despite many attempts, cloture has been applied only rarely. The filibuster has been used by various blocs of Senators for different purposes; for example, by conservatives resisting civil-rights legislation in the 1960s, and by liberals resisting cuts in the capital gains tax in 1991. Attempts to reduce the cloture requirement have not been successful, partly because of the reluctance of the Senate to interfere with the tradition of free debate, which includes the right to speak on anything, however irrelevant, simply to keep the floor.
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there is a fight to end filibusters of judicial nominees
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7763877/
msnbc, assoiated press, "GOP senator
holds out hope"
of filibuster deal
“But you can’t give up a minority rights tool in the interest of the country, like the filibuster,” he said.
msnbc, assoiated press, "GOP senator
holds out hope"
Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
"During President Bush’s first term, Democrats filibustered 10 nominees to federal appeals courts and have said they will do so again this year for the seven that Bush renominated. As of late March, the Senate had confirmed 204 judges chosen by Bush, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee."
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7763877/
msnbc, assoiated press, "GOP senator
holds out hope"
it takes 60 votes of the 100 member senate to stop a filibuster; in the event of a 50-50 tie, the Vice Pres. can break the tie
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7763877/
msnbc, assoiated press, "GOP senator
holds out hope"
"Hagel said he has received many phone calls from people concerned about the Democrats' filibuster of the President's judicial nominees for federal courts. A filibuster occurs when a group of congressmen refuse to end discussion to allow a vote."
http://www.nptelegraph.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14486059&BRD=377&PAG=461&dept_id=531813&rfi=6

North Platte Telegraph, Kristian Jergensen, 5/7/05, "Filibuster is an important tool"
Sen. Chuck Hagel
Sen. Hagel feels the presidential nominees deserve a vote, whter it is up or down
http://www.nptelegraph.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14486059&BRD=377&PAG=461&dept_id=531813&rfi=6

North Platte Telegraph, Kristian Jergensen, 5/7/05, "Filibuster is an important tool"
Sen. Chuck Hagel
Hagel said he does not particularly like the filibuster, but it can be an important tool for a minority party,
"The U.S. Senate exists for one reason, to protect the little states," he said. "California has two senators, and Nebraska has two senators."
He said a filibuster protects the minority rights so important to the Senate.
"Just because one side has 51 votes and another 49 votes, that doesn't mean it's right," he said. "It's not tyranny of the majority."
He referred to the late 1970s, when Republicans had just 36 representatives in the Senate.
http://www.nptelegraph.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14486059&BRD=377&PAG=461&dept_id=531813&rfi=6

North Platte Telegraph, Kristina Jergensen, 5/7/05, "Filibuster is an important tool"
Sen. Chuck Hagel
the GOP [Grand Old Party; a nickname for Republican PArty] has threatened to use their senate majority [ 55 R, 45 D, 1 Ind.] to ban filibusters like this
CNN.com
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/09/filibuster.fight.ap/index.html

"Hagel calls for filibuster solution"
Monday, May 9, 2005 Posted: 9:20 AM EDT (1320 GMT)
AP washington
"The United States Senate is a minority rights institution unique in the world," Hagel said. "And I don't think either side wants to give that up. Now, the other part of this, which I also believe strongly, is that presidents deserve votes on their nominees."
CNN.com
"Hagel calls for filibuster solution"
Monday, May 9, 2005