When a Senate debate is brought to a swift end, it's done with a procedure called cloture. Cloture is most often used to end a filibuster.

Other governments, including the U.K. and Australia, have similar rules for halting debate. The United States first adopted cloture in 1919 as a response to filibusters, which occur when a Senator speaks at great length, usually to avoid voting on a bill that he or she doesn't support. Filibusters can go on for hours—but when at least 60 Senators vote for cloture, all debate stops and a vote must occur. Cloture means "closure" in French.

Definitions of cloture
  1. noun
    a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body
    synonyms: closure, gag law, gag rule
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    closure by compartment, guillotine
    closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
    type of:
    order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order
    a body of rules followed by an assembly
  2. verb
    terminate debate by calling for a vote
    cloture the discussion”
    synonyms: closure
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    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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