Google searches for 'filibuster' spike during primary debate

Google searches for 'filibuster' spike during primary debate
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Google searches for "filibuster" spiked during Thursday night’s primary debate after the candidates discussed scrapping the procedural rule in the Senate. 

Google tweeted that searches for “filibuster” rose more than 4,000 percent and was the top trending search in the U.S.

The issue of the filibuster, which allows the minority party to block legislation by requiring 60 votes for the Senate to end debate on a bill, was discussed during the debate’s conversation on gun control, with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) saying the procedure should be axed.

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"Why doesn't it happen?” Warren asked as to why gun control legislation does not pass the Senate. “The answer is corruption, pure and simple. We have a Congress that's beholden to the gun industry. And unless we're willing to address that head on and roll back the filibuster, we're not going to get anything done on guns.” 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), a fellow progressive, responded that the Senate should not abolish the filibuster, having in the past referenced President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s support for the move.

The prospect of abolishing the filibuster has divided the Democratic primary field, though the decision to do so is up to the Senate and no presidential contender would have the ability to single-handedly scrap the procedure should he or she win the White House.