In an attempt to embarass democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed to vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling -- then filibustered it himself when Democrats took him up on his offer.
McConnell had made a motion for the vote on legislation that would let the president extend the country's borrowing limit on his own. Congress would then have the option to disapprove such hikes, in a fashion similar to one that McConnell first suggested during last year's standoff over the debt ceiling.
Reid objected at first, but told McConnell he thought it might be a good idea. After Senate staff reviewed the proposal, Reid came back to the floor and proposed a straight up-or-down vote on the idea.
McConnell was forced to say no.
:lol: so it has come to this?
This is precisely why we need filibuster reform. How can anyone say that the GOP isn't abusing it at this point?
"I don't know how the Republicans can say they're not abusing the filibuster after what we saw on the floor today, It's somewhat comic, but sad as well, that we've reached the point where Sen. McConnell will not even accept a majority vote on his own measure."
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)