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  • The term refers to restriction of a debate in a legislative body, especially by putting the matter to vote. In the U.S. Senate, cloture is found within Senate Rule 22. The first cloture rules were adopted by the Senate in 1917. The primary purpose was to place a time limit on a debate of a pending matter. It is the only procedural rule that allows the Senate to overcome a filibuster. Cloture must be voted on, three fifths of the full Senate must agree, and once enacted it limits the consideration of a pending measure to 30 additional hours. Furthermore, cloture limits the time a senator may speak on the motion to one hour. However, senators can have the time limits extended through a written ...

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