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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:48 PM

Senate Republicans filibuster Democratic sequester replacement (updated)

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Senate Republicans filibuster Democratic sequester replacement

by Jed Lewison

A majority of United States senators voted this afternoon to replace the sequester with a combination of revenue increases and spending cuts, but thanks to a Republican filibuster, the legislation was blocked. Fifty-one votes were cast in favor of the measure. (Among the 49 no votes was Harry Reid, who voted no for procedural reasons.)

A Republican proposal also failed, but that gained just 38 votes. Meanwhile, House Republicans have failed to pass anything during the current Congress to address the sequester.

So, to wrap up, a majority of senators voted to avoid the sequester, but Republicans (joined by 3 Democrats who opposed the measure—Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Pryor (D-AR)) blocked them from taking action. Republicans did this despite failing to offer a plan of their own that could pass the Senate or the House. Their Senate plan got just 38 votes and the House Republicans did nothing.

Or, as Bob Woodward would say, it's all Obama's fault.

Please ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reopen filibuster reform.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/28/1190549/-Senate-Republicans-filibuster-Democratic-sequester-replacement


Updated to add roll call:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00027

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Reply Senate Republicans filibuster Democratic sequester replacement (updated) (Original post)
ProSense Feb 2013 OP
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #1
arcane1 Feb 2013 #2
Mass Feb 2013 #3
Mass Feb 2013 #4
ProSense Feb 2013 #7
99Forever Feb 2013 #5
kentuck Feb 2013 #6
robinlynne Feb 2013 #8

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:50 PM

1. But it will be the Democrats fault in the media

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:42 PM

2. What are the"procedural reasons" for Reid voting "no"?

The Senate can be quite confusing sometimes.

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:44 PM

3. So that he can reintroduce the bill at a later time.\nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:44 PM

4. Dont worry. The media are already saying that both bills failed.

No word about the fact that this is a filibuster.

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Response to Mass (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:16 PM

7. Yup. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:44 PM

5. Gee, wadda surprise.

Who could have seen that coming? Way to go with "fixing" that filibuster problem, Harry.

Same shit, different day.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:54 PM

6. It's broken.

And nobody has the guts to fix it.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:47 PM

8. wait. If they voted, and 51 were in favor, didn't it pass?

not being sarcastic. I thought a filibuster could prevent a vote. But when they vote on a bill is it not a simple majority?

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