And it was the most that could squeak through a filibuster- hobbled Senate.
If you keep quiet, you can squeak through without having to reveal your views.
late 14c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Middle Swedish skväka "to squeak, croak." Related: Squeaked; squeaking. The noun is from 1660s; sense of "narrow escape" is from 1822.
: Okay, what's your squawk this morning? (1909+)
[echoic of an unpleasant sound, esp the grating screech of a bird]