A look at the longest filibusters in the Senate

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Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:20 AM
A look at the longest filibusters in the Senate

The longest U.S. Senate filibusters since 1900, when the Senate began keeping precise records, along with the senators who spoke for hours on end, the issues and the years:

— 24 hours, 18 minutes: Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, civil rights bill, 1957.

— 23 hours, 30 minutes: Alfonse D'Amato of New York, military bill, 1986.

— 22 hours, 26 minutes: Wayne Morse of Oregon, Tidelands oil bill, 1953.

— 21 hours, 19 minutes: Ted Cruz of Texas, health care bill, 2013.

— 18 hours, 23 minutes: Robert La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin, currency bill, 1908.

— 16 hours, 12 minutes: William Proxmire of Wisconsin, debt increase, 1981.

— 15 hours, 30 minutes: Huey Long of Louisiana, industrial recovery, 1935.

— 15 hours, 14 minutes: D'Amato, tax bill, 1992.

—14 hours, 50 minutes: Chris Murphy of Connecticut, gun control, 2016

— 14 hours, 13 minutes: Robert Byrd of West Virginia, civil rights bill, 1964.

— 12 hours, 52 minutes: Rand Paul of Kentucky, use of drones against American citizens, 2013.

— 10 hours, 31 minutes: Paul, renewal of Patriot Act, 2015.

— 8 hours, 39 minutes: Harry Reid of Nevada, protesting a Republican-led filibuster, 2003.

— 8 hours, 37 minutes: Bernard Sanders of Vermont, extension of tax cuts, 2010.

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On the screen in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington":

Nearly 24 hours: Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart), Willet Dam, 1939.

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Source: Senate Historical Office, Columbia Pictures.