Long-Winded: the 5 Most Historical Filibusters of All Time

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If you’ve caught any news coverage of late, you’ve no doubt been bombarded by the word “filibuster.” And no, it isn’t the name of the #12 horse in the fifth at Churchill Downs; it’s in reference to the recent filibuster of Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul. Essentially, when someone wants to delay or even prevent a vote on a particular piece of legislature, they may take the Senate floor and speak for hours on end about the issue in question, or really about anything they want—whatever it takes to obstruct the process from moving forward. It’s an odd and seemingly dated practice in our government, but since it’s inception in the 1840s, it’s proven an effective, albeit exhausting endeavor. These are the 5 most historical filibusters.
Long-Winded: the 5 Most Historical Filibusters of All Time

4Alfonse D’Amato - 1992

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In the first significant filibuster since the Senate began televising their proceedings in 1986, New York Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato got some serious airtime when he took the Senate floor on October 5, 1992. In an effort to block typewriter manufacturer Smith Corona from moving 875 jobs from upstate New York to Mexico, D’Amato staged one of the longest solo filibusters in US Senate history. His stand began in the evening hours and went on well into the next morning, lasting for 15 hours and 14 minutes total, and included him singing “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way),” all in the name of preserving the typewriter industry. Good call, Alfonse.

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