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The Difference Between a Filibuster and a Motion To Cut Off Debate

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, while the Senator from Tennessee is on the floor--and because he referenced the filibuster of district judge nominees--let me say that there was a concerted effort to try to filibuster a district court nominee, one whom Senator Reed and myself had a particularly keen interest in, since we recommended this candidate to the President, and it was the Senator from Tennessee, along with 10 of his Republican colleagues, who decided that was not in the best traditions of the Senate and who voted against the filibuster and to allow cloture so that the precedent remains that district judges will not be filibustered. I just want to take this opportunity to thank him for doing that, and to let him know he has my gratitude for that. I think it was in the best interests of the Senate. I do not think the Senator did it in order to gain any gratitude from me. I think he did it because, as a matter of principle, he thought this was the way the Senate should behave. But I certainly do appreciate it and I want to take this moment to say so.

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