June 26, 2009

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Rep. John Boehner launches energy bill filibuster (Sabrina Eaton, 6/26/09, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Just as the House of Representatives was getting ready to vote on a sweeping energy bill that its backers said would reduce the nation's carbon emissions and encourage development of renewable energy, House GOP Leader John Boehner took to the floor.

Instead of wrapping up the debate on behalf of House Republicans, he took advantage of his right as a party leader to speak indefinitely by launching into the House equivalent of a filibuster. Instead of speaking for the expected two minutes, he started to read through the lengthy bill page by page, critiquing the many points he disagrees with.

"I hate to do this to all of you, I do, but when you file a 300 page amendment at 3:09 in the morning, someone needs to work on it," Boehner told his colleagues. "I want to make sure everyone understands what's in this 300 page amendment."


If they had to read the entire federal budget aloud we'd have the equivalent of a permanent government shutdown.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2009 5:34 PM
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