A legislative procedure to end a debate and bring a matter to a vote.
From the french word "clôture" meaning "closure or ending".
- The Senate voted for cloture to end the debate on the bill.
- The cloture vote was a close one and the bill barely passed.
- The cloture rule limits the time for debate on a bill in the Senate.
- The minority party tried to block the bill by refusing to vote for cloture.
- The cloture procedure was introduced to the Senate in 1917 to prevent filibusters.