It’s probably too late to get these three Republican Senators supporting the Democrats’ spendthrift “stimulus” to change their minds, but they could do their party one smaller favor and still vote for this boondoggle.
On the Senate’s web-site, we find this definition of the cloture rule:Â “The cloture ruleâ€”Rule 22â€”is the only formal procedure that Senate rules provide for breaking a filibuster. A filibuster is an attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter.”Â (Emphasis added.)
When the reconciled version of the “stimulus” deal comes up for a vote, they should join their Republican colleagues in filibustering the measure.Â They could say they’re not blocking action, but merely delaying it.Â With a package of this magnitude and the president’s promise of transparency, they beieve the public should have time familiarize themselves with its contents before their representatives vote dispensing this unprecedented sum.
We could remind these Republicans that the more people learn about this package, the more voters favor the GOP.Â Heck, maybe when they hear what the citizens of Maine and Pennsylvania have to say, they’ll realize that their Senate colleagues are out of step with their constituents.
Perhaps, they should promise to continue to filibuster until fourteen days* have passed following publication of the entire text of legislation on the web.
I mean, heck, right now, nearly three-fifths of Americans think even Congress won’t know what’s in the “stimulus” when they vote on it.
*Or the number of days it takes someone reading fifty pages a day to complete the document.