Saturday, October 08, 2011

Let Me Just Say....

...that it's high time the dems trotted out the heavy artillery! Usually they're the ones who bring a pocket knife to the gunfight. But this move by Harry Reid clearly shocked repugs, who apparently were expecting the normal milquetoast routine. Cudos to the dems for finally realizing they have a majority in the Senate!

From The Hill
By Alexander Bolton
In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill.

Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.

The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to limit debate earlier in the day...
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