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  1. #1
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    Jan 2009
    Bay Area

    Video: Mitch McConnell filibusters his own bill

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill.

    However, McConnell’s plan backfired after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for a vote on the legislation, which would have given the president the authority to raise the federal debt ceiling on his own. The top Senate Republican was forced to filibuster his own bill.

    “What we have here is a case of Republicans here in the Senate once again not taking ‘yes’ for an answer,” Reid said, after McConnell announced his filibuster. “This morning the Republican leader asked consent to have a vote on this proposal, just now I told everyone we were willing to have that vote — up or down vote. Now the Republican leader objects to his own idea. So I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill, so I object.”

    Apparently aware the incident would bring media attention, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) expressed astonishment at McConnell’s legislative antics.

    “What just transpired deserves a word,” he remarked. “Sen. McConnell came to the floor this morning and offered a change in law that would help us avoid the kind of obstruction and the kind of show downs we’ve had in the past over the debt ceiling.”

    Durbin explained “to those who don’t follow the Senate” that by calling for the legislation to be passed by a 60-vote majority, McConnell had filibustered the bill. He said this was probably the first time in history that a senator had filibuster his own proposal.

    Reid and other Democrats have called for the Senate’s filibuster rules to be reformed, claiming that Republicans have abused the parliamentary procedure and obstructed lawmaking.
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  2. #2
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    Jun 2008
    Baltimore now, but born and raised on the south side of Chicago.
    The filibuster should really require those in the minority to actually filibuster.... not just suggest that they will. I want some Mr. Smith ******** up in this joint.

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  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by flips333 View Post
    The filibuster should really require those in the minority to actually filibuster.... not just suggest that they will. I want some Mr. Smith ******** up in this joint.
    Yeah, I didn't know until a few days ago that you didn't have to actually stand up there and keep speaking in order to filibuster. That's just goofy.

    One of the best episodes of The West Wing was when they helped an aging Senator with a filibuster.

    Anyway, this story is kind of hilarious. Nothing like trying to call someone's bluff, and have them call yours instead.
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    Mar 2007

    That's all I got.
    this my sig

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    Feb 2007
    Our government, a well-oiled machine that functions properly

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
    Arvada, Colorado
    You silly libs, that was the plan from the get go.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2007
    Great plan. Excellent use of time and power by a representative, especially right before the X-Mas break. He sure showed those nasty libs!

  8. #8
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    Jan 2006
    I feel like this guy is the Heat and Snow miser all at the same time...
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    You keep spouting off fake generalizations as if it is eternally profound. Can you start bringing specifics or cut it out? Thanks!
    Still waiting on one verifiable point for this my good man.


  9. #9
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    Dec 2006
    Orange, CA
    The human tortoise strikes again!!!

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