WASHINGTON (AP) -- On its last day in session before the election, the Senate tied itself in knots over 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from Canada as big game trophies.
After punting tough decisions on far weightier issues like raising taxes and cutting spending, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted that the Senate address the wide-ranging sportsmen's bill.
Following the Senate's post-midnight approval of a bill funding federal agencies for six more months, senators voted 84-7 early Saturday for a motion that simply allows the sportsmen's bill to be taken up at a later time.
Republicans resisted for a while Friday, contending the only reason Reid wanted the vote now on the bill long sought by hunters and sport fishermen was to benefit Democratic incumbent Jon Tester `s re-election prospects in a tossup race in Montana that could determine which party runs the Senate next year.
"This isn't a campaign studio, It's the Senate," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., complained on the Senate floor Friday. "We've got responsibilities to meet. Let's meet them. And leave the politics out of it for once."
1. Hey Mitch? How about all those filibusters? What were they about?
Or the meeting that Republican leaders attended on the night of President Obama's inauguration where Senators and House members conspired to hold up all President Obama's initiatives? What was that about?
I call your apparent sincerity today as bullshit unless you start getting with the program and stop obstructing and start governing.