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Civics Deck: History of the Filibuster- 2
In the early 1970s, the Senate adopted changes that allowed more than one bill or matter to be pending on the floor at once. Previously a filibuster could stop all other matters in the Senate—as long as a senator kept talking. Now, with multiple measures moving at once, leadership can simply set aside a controversial bill as theoretical “debate” continues, and move onto other pressing matters.

By 1975, rules were further changed to make it easier to invoke cloture, requiring just a three-fifths majority vote to end a filibuster, or 60 votes. This is the current rule.
Since the filibuster could be used to block executive and judicial branch… More


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