Monday, July 16, 2007

Say whatever else you want about him, at least Harry Reid has the balls to do something the Republicans never did - Force a Filibuster

Moments ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that in response to conservative obstructionism, he plans to force war supporters to physically remain in the Senate and filibuster Iraq withdrawal legislation.

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Republicans are using a filibuster to block us from even voting on an amendment that could bring the war to a responsible end. They are protecting the President rather than protecting our troops.

They are denying us an up or down — yes or no — vote on the most important issue our country faces.

source: Think Progress


Remember 2 years ago when Republicans were begging for an up or down vote on judicial nominees? I don't recall Bill Frist having the guts to force people onto the floor and holding them there. Maybe if he had we could have held the House and the Senate.

Of course the excuse then was Senate Rule 22 eliminated the requirement that there be a continuous floor speech, funny how that doesn't apply now.

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