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Civil rights filibuster ended, June 10, 1964

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On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert C. Byrd completed an address that he had begun 14 hours and 13 minutes earlier. The subject of his filibuster was the pending Civil Rights Act of 1964, a measure that occupied the Senate for 60 working days, including seven Saturdays. Then the unexpected happened. Never in history had the Senate been able to muster enough votes to cut through a filibuster on a civil rights bill. Only five times in the 47 years since the cloture rule was established had the Senate even agreed to cloture for any measure. Passing a cloture vote to end the opposition's 60-day filibuster would take a two-thirds vote and the support of Senators from both parties. Led by Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen the Senate voted 71 to 29 for cloture.
United States. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
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