Senate petition for cloture motion

Item

Title

Senate petition for cloture motion

Date

1965-05-21

Description

In the Senate, a 24-day filibuster of the bill ensued. Southern senators expressed the belief that the bill was unconstitutional and punitive to the South. On May 21, 1965, 29 Democrats and 9 Republicans signed a petition for a cloture motion. Four days later, the Senate approved debate-limiting cloture by a vote of 70 to 30. This was only the second time in its history, and the second time in two years, that the Senate had stopped debate in order to vote on a civil rights bill. On May 26, the Senate passed S. 1564 by a vote of 77 to 19.

Rights

No copyright - United States

Source

Petition for Cloture Motion, May 21, 1965; “Cloture Petition” folder, Unanimous Consent to Resignations, Box 3; Secretary of the Senate; 89th Congress; Records the U.S. Senate, RG 46; National Archives and Records Administration, in The Great Society Congress exhibition

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