Harry Reid has apparently channeled the spirit of Samuel L. Jackson and decided he’s had enough of these motherf%^&ing Republicans and their mother%^&ing filibusters!
In a move that left the Capitol reeling and the GOP absolutely furious, Reid herded the mass of cats that is the Democratic Party and unilaterally changed the rules of the Senate to neuter the GOP’s ability to obstruct every single piece of legislation to death.
While the Senate Republicans can still force any legislation to require a supermajority of 60 votes instead of a simple majority of 51, once that number has been reached, the options for blocking legislation have been severely curtailed.
What Reid has done is eliminate the ridiculous practice of forcing votes on amendments that have literally nothing to do with the bill on hand after the bill has moved to cloture (been passed). Republicans have been abusing this practice since 2009 in order to completely break the Senate in an extremely cynical bid to keep Democrats from passing much needed legislation to help the economy recover.
Too bad Reid waited this long to do it.
True to their childish nature, the Senate GOP has thrown an epic hissy fit that they had one of their toys taken away because they couldn’t play nicely with the other kids. A recess was called until Tuesday to give the children a chance to calm down.
“Just wait until they get into the minority!” one GOP staffer growled.
Oh boy! Just the kind measured, adult response one wishes to see in ones’ legislative body.
Just to be clear here, you’re going to hear how Reid and the Democrats are making it impossible for the Senate to function and that they’ve broken the legislative process.
Bullshit. The Republicans essentially shut the Senate down the second they became a minority by filibustering almost every bill brought before them since 2009. The number of filibusters imposed was double that ever seen before and it was done with the specific intent of crippling the huge majorities the Democrats enjoyed in both Houses.
Elections only have consequences when the Republicans win. When Democrats take over, it’s time to obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. Harry Reid just made it harder to do and the GOP can’t stand it.
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