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A filibuster can occur?
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How many votes to filibuster in House of representatives?
The House of Representatives does not have a filibuster maneuver. The House has a Rules Committee that establishes when a bill will come to the floor and how long debate will be allowed. Filibuster is possible only in the United State Senate, which has no similar set of rules. Because Senate debate is set informally, every Senator has the possibility of speaking. A filibuster can occur when an individual Senator refuses to yield the floor to any other member. A filibuster can be blocked through a complicated process called cloture. Although a series of things have to occur in order to invoke cloture, the bottom line is that 60 Senators must agree to vote for cloture and stop a filibuster. So the short answer is - no filibuster in the House, only in the Senate; and in order to stop filibuster in the Senate, 60 votes are required.
Why are filibusters less likely to occur in house of representatives than the senate?
Filibusters are LESS likely to occur in the House of Representatives THAN the Senate, for two reasons: firstly, the number of people in the 'House' is 435 and in the Senate there are 100 - the simple fact that more voters makes it less likely for a Filibuster to occur, and secondly, there are and ODD number of Voting members in the 'House' as opposed to an EVEN number in the Senate - again, making it MORE likely for a Filibuster to occur in the Senate.
How many votes does it take for a filibuster to happen in the senate?