Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thought he was pulling a fast one on the Democrats. His plan was to offer a bill that Democrats wanted to pass, but would have to block, because they did not have the votes to pass it, or so he thought. To his chagrin, Harry Reid agreed to bring the bill to the floor, catching McConnell with his pants down. What followed is legislative history!
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to prove on Thursday that Democrats don’t have the votes to weaken Congress’ authority on the debt limit. Instead they called his bluff, and he ended up filibustering his own bill.
The legislation, modeled on a proposal McConnell offered last year as a “last-choice option” to avert a U.S. debt default, would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling unless Congress mustered a two-thirds majority to stop him. President Obama has championed the idea.
McConnell brought up the legislation Thursday morning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) initially objected, seemingly proving the Republican leader’s point that it cannot pass the Senate. But then Reid ran it by his members and, in the afternoon, agreed to hold that same vote. This time it was McConnell who objected.
“The Republican leader objects to his own idea,” Reid declared on the floor. “So I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill.”… [emphasis added]
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Oh My! Is Bought Bitch Mitch an idiot, or what?
Lawrence O’Donnell called McConnell on the extent of his stupidity.
Claire McCaskill is blameless for the slight breach of decorum, because of the extreme shock, she suffered. Bought Bitch Mitch has truly earned an award as GOP Hypocrite of the Year. He has shamed himself and the Republican Party. He has held up the US to the world as a laughing stock. He is not qualified to be the Senate Washroom Attendant, let alone Minority Leader!