cloture

noun
clo·ture | \ˈklō-chər \

Definition of cloture 

: the closing or limitation of debate in a legislative body especially by calling for a vote

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cloture transitive verb

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And cloture on Supreme Court nominees was only invoked four times before the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch last year. Jm Rieger, Washington Post, "How years of fighting — and hypocrisy — over Senate filibuster rules led to this moment," 5 July 2018 Before 1968, the Senate never invoked a procedure known as cloture to end debate on nominations. Jm Rieger, Washington Post, "How years of fighting — and hypocrisy — over Senate filibuster rules led to this moment," 5 July 2018 At this point in the past four presidencies combined, only 15 executive-branch nominees were confirmed after cloture. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Breaking the Schumer Stall," 27 Mar. 2018 At midnight, Paul would have had only one hour left to talk, per Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interpretation of cloture. Polly Mosendz, Newsweek, "Rand Paul Quickly Ends Filibuster Against Raising Debt Ceiling," 29 Oct. 2015 Filibusters are used by opponents of a nominee or legislation, while cloture is filed by supporters. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Trump’s complaint it would take 9 years to get his nominees approved (Part 2)," 24 Apr. 2018 This is largely because as of June 5 Mr. Trump’s nominees had faced 101 cloture votes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Senate Obstruction in Profile," 24 June 2018 No, this is also a new record in the Senate, even as Democrats are invoking a cloture vote, or long debate periods on every nominee. Fox News, "Preparations for a Trump-Kim summit getting back on track," 3 June 2018 The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. ET Monday and has a cloture vote on circuit court nominee Kyle Duncan, who Democrats voted against in the Judiciary Committee after raising concerns about his views on gay rights. Cnn's Capitol Hill Team, CNN, "Cabinet nominees -- starting with Mike Pompeo committee vote -- top of Congress' agenda this week," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cloture

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cloture

French clôture, literally, closure, alteration of Middle French closure

French clôture, literally, closure

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clotting factor

clotty

cloture

clotweed

clou

cloud

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cloture

noun
clo·ture | \ˈklō-chər \

Legal Definition of cloture 

: the closing or limitation of debate in a legislative body especially by calling for a vote

Other Words from cloture

cloture transitive verb

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