There are specific classes of legislation--most notably budget resolutions and budget reconciliation bills--that cannot be filibustered because there are statutory limits on how long they can be debated on the Senate floor.
If the Senate rules and practice allow obstruction through the filibuster, then any proposal to restrict filibustering may itself be filibustered.
In order to avoid the need for a two-thirds vote under Rule XXII, most of the changes were adopted as Standing Orders, which were subject to the sixty-vote requirement for cloture if filibustered.
An alternative approach might be to change the rules to restrict the kinds of matters that could be filibustered.
if any member of this group thinks the judge is filibustered
under circumstances that are not extraordinary, that member has the right to vote at any time for the constitutional option.
The Senate formally curbed the practice of endless debate in 1917, after eleven senators had successfully filibustered President Woodrow Wilson's proposal to arm American merchantmen against German submarine attacks.
32) Seventeen of the 35 nominations filibustered were to Article III courts.
Senator Leahy: "I cannot recall a judicial nomination being successfully filibustered.
Similarly, during the Truman Administration, 3414 bills were enacted--compared to three civil rights bills filibustered.
Every judicial nominee who has been filibustered
would be confirmed by a simple majority vote if the nomination went before the full Senate for a vote.
By contrast, an average of one bill was filibustered
in each session of Congress during the 1950s.
Today's agreement to proceed to votes on the majority of President Bush's filibustered
appellate nominees represents a long-overdue rejection of a liberal minority's outrageous charges of extremism and unfitness against these outstanding men and women.
Imagine what would they say to the families of the victims of Newtown about why a certain measure never came to a vote because they filibustered
it or used other procedural measures to block it.
On April 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee by party-line votes approved two of the previously filibustered
nominees, Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown.