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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Republicans Learn to Play Like Dems

In a rare example of masculine determination Senate Republicans have taken a page or two from the Dem playbook and are forcing a vote on off-shore drilling. Betting that the energy crisis and high-prices are a sure bet for GOP candidates this season, Republican Senate leaders are setting out to claim the issue as their own. Finally. We’ll have to wait and see if they can sustain their position once the New York Times and Washington Post lambastes them for siding with “big oil” and “standing in the way of progress.”

Senate Republicans have threatened to block nearly all other bills pending before the August recess if Democrats refuse to vote with them on expanding offshore drilling.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said bills that do not pertain to energy can wait until after the August recess, with gas prices now surpassing $4 per gallon. McConnell and top Republicans indicated Wednesday they would oppose any procedural votes to take up other legislation, which require 60 votes to succeed.

'We think there is nothing more important that we can do right now than to deal with the Number One issue of the country,' McConnell said. 'This is the biggest issue since terrorism right after 9/11. People are pounding on their desks, saying, Why don’t these people get together and do something about this problem?' (The Hill)

Entire Hill article here.


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