‘Anti-American”? Reid Blasts 3rd GOP Filibuster of Financial Reform Bill

Apr 28, 2010 1:32pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports: Three days – three cloture votes – still a Republican filibuster for Democrats on their Wall Street reform bill. What’s next? An all nighter! Democrats say they’ll keep the body in for most or all of the night, calling for a reconsideration of the cloture motion sometime tomorrow morning.
At a press conference just before Republicans successfully filibustered consideration of a Wall Street reform bill for the third straight day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called their actions “Anti-Senate and anti-American.” Less than an hour later, Republicans (and Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska) had voted yet again to block consideration of the reform bill. The vote – 56-42. Republicans and Democrats both want to pass a sweeping reform bill, but Republicans have blocked Democrats attempts to bring up a bill that passed the Senate Banking Committee without any Republican support. They want to continue secret negotiations between Banking Committee leaders until a more bipartisan agreement can be reached. But the chief Democratic negotiator, Sen. Chris Dodd, said today the bipartisan negotiations can only go so far. “The two of us aren’t going to write this bill for 98 other Senators,” said Dodd of his negotiations with Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala, the ranking Republican on the Banking Committee. Dodd said Republicans should “let the debate go forward” on the Senate floor with amendments. This transparency meme is a role-reversal from the health reform debate, when Democrats were accused by Republicans of writing the bill behind closed doors. Reid also attacked Republicans for opposing consideration of an immigration bill this year. He pointed to accusations from Sen. John McCain that inaction by Washington to secure borders led to Arizona’s controversial new immigration enforcement law – a position which he said “takes a lot of gall.”

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