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January 9, 2015

Democrats Start Session by Filibustering Keystone

Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to work with Democrats in the upper chamber, the Democrat Party has dug in and started to filibuster the bipartisan bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline. “The proceedings represented a role-reversal from the last Congress,” The Washington Times reports, “when Democrats tried to push bills to the floor only to face a GOP filibuster. In many of those cases, however, Republicans said they were filibustering because Democrats – led by Sen. Harry Reid – blocked out all amendments. This time around, Mr. McConnell promised to allow amendments from all sides.” It seems like Democrat senators are trying to defend Barack Obama from conservative legislation, which is puzzling. Obama has unsheathed the veto pen and he loses nothing politically by using it. Yet Democrats have decided this is the legislation on which to begin their campaign as obstructionists – a term they used to label Republican lawmakers for years. Hypocrisy at its finest. At this point, the GOP is only four votes shy of being able to override a veto. More…

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