What is talking a bill to death called?

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Filibustering is the term used for the process of "talking a bill to death." A filibuster only happens in the Senate, because the House of Representatives has no time limitations. A senator filibusters to prevent a bill from coming to a vote.

Senators who filibuster get up and talk for as long as necessary about whatever they want to say. The speech does not even have to refer to the bill. Some Senators get up and read, as Louisiana Senator Huey Long did during the 1930s when he read recipes and Shakespeare to his colleagues. As of May 2014, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond holds the record for the "longest individual speech," according to Senate.gov, when he went on for 24 hours and 18 minutes to stall a vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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