What is ‘cloture’ and why is the Senate using it more?

From Quartz:

A vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US Supreme Court is expected this weekend, after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell filed a late-night motion for a “cloture” vote to be held [today].

What does cloture mean, exactly, and why does it keep coming up in Senate votes?

The cloture process essentially limits debate on any bill or motion before the Senate, establishing a 30-hour window before a final vote must be held, and eliminating the ability of opposing Senators to filibuster – to hold the floor indefinitely – and delay a vote. The exact timing of the cloture vote  hasn’t been made public yet, although some reports say it is expected to happen in the morning. A final vote on Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on America’s highest court could then happen as soon as the next day.

So, what is a cloture vote?

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