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 WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.) saying the procedure should be axed.


"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 SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.), a fellow progressive, responded that the Senate should not abolish the filibuster, having in the past referenced President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll 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.