Top 33 Filibuster Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Filibuster Quotes from famous people such as Elizabeth Warren, Orrin Hatch, Evan Bayh, Mitch McConnell, Ari Melber, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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We’ve seen filibusters to block judicial nominations, jobs bills, political transparency, ending Big Oil subsidies – you name it, there’s been a filibuster.
Elizabeth Warren
We have promised to do better, and no Republican concern should ever be enough to filibuster our own bill.
Orrin Hatch
No one ever built the filibuster rule. It just kind of was created.
Evan Bayh
President Obama had two Supreme Court nominees in his first term. There was no filibuster against them.
Mitch McConnell
We’ve seen filibusters of bills and nominations that ultimately passed with 90 or more votes. Why filibuster something that has that kind of support? Just to slow down the process and keep the Senate from working.
Elizabeth Warren
The Dream Act and the DISCLOSE Act, to name two, had majorities in both chambers during Obama’s first term, but they were filibustered to death. They probably await a similar fate unless the filibuster is reformed.
Ari Melber
Filibusters have proliferated because under current rules just one or two determined senators can stop the Senate from functioning. Today, the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stop a vote; senators are rarely asked to pull all-nighters like Jimmy Stewart in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’
Evan Bayh
The power of the silent filibuster to distort Senate politics is now accepted on Capitol Hill and by the press as normal and not worth mentioning. Let me be the skunk at this political garden party and say this stinks. Representative government was not designed to work this way by the Founding Fathers.
Juan Williams
It seems as though there are Members in this body who want to filibuster just about everything we try to do, whether it is stopping judicial nominations, the Energy bill, or this Medicare bill.
Jim Bunning
It used to be in the Senate that if you were filibustering, you stood up. There was a physical dimension to it, that you – when you became exhausted you would have to leave the floor. That was the idea of the filibuster.
Tom Udall
Republicans have used the filibuster to turn the Senate into a de facto 60-vote body.
Steve Kornacki
For a whole year in elementary school, when the class marched down to the school library every week, I would refuse to return my book. I would just check it out again and again. Every week. For a whole year. The object of my fourth-grade filibuster was ‘D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.’
Robin Sloan
In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.
Peter Fenn
There is no Senate rule governing the proper uses of the filibuster.
Tony Snow
When you use the word ‘filibuster,’ most of us in America – and I count myself among them – envision it as the ability to hold the floor on rare occasions to speak at length and make your point emphatically and even delay progress by taking hours.
Jeff Merkley
President Barack Obama has it right – there is a lot to change about Washington. The problem is, not much will get changed unless we confront the runaway filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
Peter Fenn
If I have to filibuster on the Senate floor, I’ll even read the King James Bible until the wall is funded.
Luther Strange
There are two ways of looking at the talking filibuster. My way is as a form of unanimous consent.
Jeff Merkley
The argument most commonly made in the filibuster’s favor is crudely partisan: ‘Our side may be in the majority now, but someday it will be in the minority, and when that happens we’ll want to block the other side’s extremist agenda.’
Timothy Noah
My way of viewing the talking filibuster was as a way of doing unanimous consent with your feet. You object by going down and talking.
Jeff Merkley
I mean, if you go back to 1960 on major pieces of legislation, the filibuster was used about eight percent of the time.
Tom Udall
We shouldn’t deny the right of the minority to filibuster, but we need to do a much better job of making them own it. That way, the American people could figure out who is being obstructionist and who is willing to compromise.
Claire McCaskill
The filibuster is used more aggressively, so I think doing each individual appropriations bill through regular order would be a home run. But I think that we should try to hit a few singles.
Brian Schatz
You know, the purpose of reconciliation is to avoid the filibuster. The filibuster is an effort to talk something to death.
Dick Durbin
They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
Clare Boothe Luce
To be honest, I haven’t seen much serious budget planning since the Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 elections and grabbed onto the Senate filibuster. It’s not the White House’s fault that John Boehner couldn’t deliver on a bigger deal.
Gail Collins
We’ve always said a filibuster is not appropriate for judicial nominees. A filibuster is a legislative tool designed to extract compromises. A judicial nominee is a person. You can’t take the arm or leg of a nominee.
Wendy Long
We demand that segregation be ended in every school district in the year 1963! We demand that we have effective civil rights legislation – no compromise, no filibuster – and that include public accommodations, decent housing, integrated education, FEPC and the right to vote.
Bayard Rustin
In theory, the filibuster helps whichever party is in the minority in the Senate. In practice, it is the Republicans who have disproportionately used it to engage in cynical and anti-democratic obstructionism whenever they find themselves in the minority.
Mehdi Hasan
As every newspaper reader, liberal activist, or parliamentary junkie knows, the overarching barrier to most of Obama’s agenda is the abuse of the filibuster in the Senate. In fact, several of Obama’s second term priorities are not ideas in search of a majority – they are majorities in search of an up-or-down vote.
Ari Melber
Voter suppression laws, overzealous filibuster use, you name it – the Republicans use every tactic they can to stop our democracy from actually selecting the person with the most support.
Jennifer Granholm
When I became president with a commitment to reform hea

When I became president with a commitment to reform health care, Hillary was a natural to head the health care task force. You all know we failed because we couldn’t break a Senate filibuster. Hillary immediately went to work on solving the problems the bill sought to address one by one.
William J. Clinton
The House of Representatives eliminated the filibuster way back in the 19th century, and somehow it managed to survive.
Timothy Noah