Rand Paul's 13-Hour Old-Fashioned Filibuster Comes To A Close

Category: US Politics / Mar 07, 2013 11:11AM EDT
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday (March 6) and spoke for nearly 13 hours in an attempt to block the confirmation of John Brennan as President Barack Obama's next CIA director. His old fashioned filibuster was in protest of the administration's policy of using drones in targeted killings, and demanded more information about the drone program. Paul began shortly before noon and yielded the floor shortly before 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Thursday. "And I would go for another twelve hours to try to break Strom Thurmond's record but I've discovered that there are some limits to filibustering, and I am going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here," he said to laughter, after thanking his supporters, staff and U.S. Capitol employees. Paul's call to action did not keep the Senate from voting on whether Brennan should lead the U.S. spy agency, but he did manage to delay it until at least Thursday. The longest filibuster on record was by the late Senator Strom Thurmond, who spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Video Source: Reuters