- With a tie in the Senate, filibusters can go on indefinitely, and the vice president will become the swing vote on key bills.
- On presidential appointments - first, judges and now ambassador to the United Nations - they resort to the classic weapon of southern obstructionism: the filibuster.
- Far too often, prolonged filibusters by those who disagree doom an idea that the vast majority supports.
verb[no object] (often as noun filibustering) Back to top
- In the legislative session that ended in June, a lawmaker filibustered and killed a measure that would have placed a cap on the law.
- That's been a conservative argument since 2003, when the Republicans gained the majority and the Democrats began filibustering.
- Senate Republicans have been filibustering for the last three months to block consideration of a Democratic version of the homeland security legislation, which retained some union and civil service protection.
- Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is among lawmakers who have promised to filibuster legislation allowing drilling in the refuge.
- And with regard to what Ed said about the bill on the floor, actually there's a bipartisan majority in favor of the Democratic position, and now the Republicans seem to be filibustering the bill.
- Aside from filibustering the GOP's energy plan and blocking a handful of exceptionally reactionary judicial nominees, there are few success stories to which Democratic leaders can point.
late 18th century: from French flibustier, first applied to pirates who pillaged the Spanish colonies in the West Indies, ultimately from Dutch vrijbuiter; see freebooter. In the mid 19th century (via Spanish filibustero), the term denoted American adventurers who incited revolution in several Latin American states, whence sense 2 of the noun. The verb was used to describe tactics intended to sabotage congressional proceedings, whence sense 1 of the noun.