Rand Paul Yields The Floor, Ending Nearly 13 Hour-Long Filibuster Over Obama’s Drone Strikes

After nearly 13 hours of filibustering, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) finally yielded the floor, putting an end to his historic protest against the administration’s lack of answers on its authority to execute targeted assassinations of American citizens abroad and on U.S. soil.

Sen. Paul began his filibuster of Obama’s CIA pick John Brennan at 11:47 a.m. ET Wednesday and wrapped up at 12:39 a.m. Thursday morning. Upon conclusion, Republicans present in the Senate applauded for their colleague’s efforts in bringing awareness to the administration’s executive overreach.

The Senate session will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, and a vote is likely to follow.

During the half-day-long filibuster session, Paul was joined by fellow Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT). Despite his support for Brennan’s CIA nomination, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined the effort, voicing his concerns about the Obama administration’s authority to assassinate American citizens without congressional oversight.

Despite the filibuster yielding no official acknowledgement from the administration, Sen. Paul’s office claims to have been in contact with the White House throughout the day and expects a response Thursday morning.

Watch Paul conclude his filibuster below, via C-SPAN2:

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