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Tue Jun 4, 2013, 06:25 PM

3. From the OP link


McConnell accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of planning to break a promise he made in January about not messing with Senate filibuster rules. Reid has been hinting for weeks that he may be ready for a filibuster fight this summer if Republicans don't ease off their blocking of Obama's nominees. Plenty of Democrats support changing the rules so that nominees would require only a simple majority to be confirmed, versus the current 60-vote threshold.

It's still not clear whether Reid will actually follow through with changing the rules, but McConnell hammered him for signaling that he may do so.

"I asked him again this morning whether he intends to keep his word to the Senate and the American people," McConnell said. "We don't intend to be intimidated by him with a constant threat to break the rules in order to change the rules. If that's what's going to happen, we want to know it now, not some other time. Now."

But McConnell isn't painting the full picture. Reid and McConnell both agreed in January that no changes would be made to Senate filibuster rules as long as Republicans agreed, in McConnell's words, "to schedule votes on nominees in a timely manner, except in extraordinary circumstances." In the five months since then, Democrats say the Republicans are the ones who haven't upheld their end of the bargain.



Spin, spin, spin - Republicans spin 24 hours per day!

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