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The Rise of the Filibuster, in One Maddening Chart

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The Rise of the Filibuster, in One Maddening Chart

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a vote on a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Blame the filibuster, which has in the past four decades become an increasingly popular tool for the minority party to stonewall legislation that could otherwise pass the upper chamber with a simple majority. The following chart shows the number of cloture motions in each session of Congress since 1917, using data f...

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