Senate Blocks Arctic Drilling Provision
The Senate today failed to pass a major defense appropriations bill after a Democratic-led bloc stymied it with a filibuster in an effort to force removal of a controversial provision on oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.
With 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster and cut off debate on the bill, its backers fell short by four votes. The tally on a motion to invoke cloture so the Senate could move to a vote on the bill itself was 56-44.
A clear majority is not enough to get anything done in the Senate these days. How did this happen? It started with the judicial nominees and when the media declared it acceptable practice by treating the filibuster as a routine occurance.
Typical of democrats, they campaigned (mostly lying about what they believe) on issues, lost seats, but still feel that they deserve control.
They feel the same way about heroin addicts. Sure someone chooses to stick a needle in their arm, sure they can't string a coherent sentence together, sure they are a huge hygeine risk, but that doesn't mean that they don't deserve to live in a nice house and have a "family wage job" just like that guy over there who studied and worked hard his whole life and doesn't do drugs.