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