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Old 12-08-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Mitch McConnell filibusters his own bill

A move to embarrass Democrats backfired on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as the Kentucky Republican proposed a vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling -- then filibustered it when the Democrats tried to take him up on the offer.

On Thursday morning McConnell had made a motion for the vote on legislation that would let the president extend the country's borrowing limit on his own. Congress would then have the option to disapprove such hikes, in a fashion similar to one that McConnell first suggested during last year's standoff over the debt ceiling.

The minority leader apparently did not think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would take him up on his offer, which would have allowed McConnell to portray President Barack Obama's desire for such authority as something even Democrats opposed.

Reid objected at first, but told McConnell he thought it might be a good idea. After Senate staff reviewed the proposal, Reid came back to the floor and proposed a straight up-or-down vote on the idea.

McConnell was forced to say no.

"What we're talking about here is a perpetual debt ceiling grant, in effect, to the president, " McConnell said. "Matters of this level of controversy always require 60 votes."

Likely the first time in history this has happened. It's almost too bad that his threat to filibuster wasn't called out to, just so we could see McConnell, reading from the phone book and every other trick to keep his own bill from being voted on.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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It's tricks and stunts and idiocy like this that make me hate the political process. Just saying.

Quit trying to make other people look stupid and do your job.
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