June 17, 2016
A 15-Hour Filibuster Forces GOP To Consider Gun Control
US Senator Chris Murphy, fed up with Senate Republicans refusing to let gun control bills onto the floor for a vote, held a filibuster in an effort to halt Senate activity. A whopping 15 hours later, the GOP caved and agreed to vote on two proposed gun control measures. Traditionally, filibusters are used to prevent a vote, but it is no easy task getting the Republicans to even consider a vote on gun control. Because Murphy could not lose the floor, he stood the entire 15 hours, making it the 9th longest filibuster in the Senate’s history. It remains to be seen whether Murphy’s marathon filibuster will fully obstruct GOP obstruction to gun control, but according to Murphy’s FitBit, it was roughly 150,000 steps in the right direction.
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