Overcoming a filibuster

When a political party attempts to block or delay action on a bill, the Senate can invoke a procedure called cloture. Sixty votes, or three-fifths of the Senate, are required for cloture regardless of whether a senator is present and voting. If cloture is passed, a time limit is placed on the debate, ultimately ending the filibuster. Read related article.

Source: United States Senate | The Washington Post May 14, 2012
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