Democrats Might Force Republicans to Filibuster FinReg
After the failure of the third cloture vote to start formal debate on Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) financial regulatory reform proposal, Senate Democrats say that they might force Republicans to filibuster — the old-fashioned, all-night, stand-up-and-read-the-phone-book kind of filibuster — this evening.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released a statement immediately after the blocked vote, saying, “If Republicans have ideas to bolster reform, we welcome those ideas and look forward to discussing them in full view of the public. None of this can happen unless Republicans stop standing in the way and agree to bring a bill to the floor so we can debate it. Their repeated efforts to block an open debate on Wall Street accountability legislation shows that they are trying to avoid a public dialogue so they can water down reform in secret.”
And the Democrats might force that public dialogue. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweets: “Plan is to stay all night asking consent of Republicans to let us debate Wall Street reform. I just don’t get why we can’t debate.”