Longest Senate filibusters in history

POSTED: 12:38 PM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 09:07 AM PDT Sep 25, 2013 

Sen. Ted Cruz carried on his advocacy for the defunding of "Obamacare" for almost 22 hours before finally ending on Wednesday. Though Cruz's effort was technically not a filibuster, take a look at the longest Senate filibusters in history.

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The South Carolina Democrat launched the longest filibuster in Senate history to try to prevent the body from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Cots were brought in from a nearby hotel for the legislators to sleep on while Thurmond discussed increasingly irrelevant and obscure topics, including his grandmother's biscuit recipe.


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