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December 07, 2012


McConnell Move on Debt Ceiling Backfires

A move to embarrass Democrats backfired on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the Kentucky Republican "proposed a vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling -- then filibustered it when the Democrats tried to take him up on the offer," the Huffington Post reports.

"The minority leader apparently did not think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would take him up on his offer, which would have allowed McConnell to portray President Barack Obama's desire for such authority as something even Democrats opposed. 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."












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