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 Ann WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets 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 SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.), a fellow progressive, responded that the Senate should not abolish the filibuster, having in the past referenced President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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.