Sen. Coburn Plays Hardball in the Senate

by Sal on March 25, 2010

in Economy,Politics

A month ago, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) denied unanimous consent to the Democrats to pass an automatic extension to unemployment benefits without finding a way to pay for it, or without  roll call vote.  Bunning is an unpopular Senator, so he was somewhat ridiculed.  Today, another extension to the same provision was brought to the floor of the Senate for unanimous consent, and was denied, this time by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and supported by the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Coburn is insisting on denying a unanimous consent vote unless it is paid for.  Coburn suggests using unspent stimulus funds, but the Democrats are not interested.  Hopefully, the Republicans will hold out longer than they did the last time this came up.  The GOP should to play hardball with the Democrats throughout the year, and bring up every wasteful spending measure that is considered “standard business” for a full debate and vote.

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