Rounds: Democrats Continue to Filibuster Appropriations Bills

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats again filibustered the national defense appropriations bill:

“I have been a proponent of establishing regular order to the Senate budget and appropriations process, yet Senate Democrats refuse to allow us to consider a single appropriations bill. National defense spending should have been the first of 12 appropriations bills debated and amended on the Senate floor. By continuing to filibuster these bills, Senate Democrats are preventing the American people a voice on how and where their hard-earned tax dollars are spent. We cannot find common ground on legislation unless we are allowed to actually discuss them on the floor.

“No one wants to see a government shutdown, but refusing to allow appropriations bills to be considered by the full Senate when 9 of the 12 received broad bipartisan support in committee is both reckless and irresponsible. As it becomes apparent that Democrats in the Senate are obstructing the process, I am pleased leadership is taking the next step to prevent a government shutdown by introducing a funding mechanism that includes policy changes. This moves us in a path that I can support so that we can continue making changes to spending policy.”


7 thoughts on “Rounds: Democrats Continue to Filibuster Appropriations Bills”

  1. This is just the funniest thing ever to hear Rounds and Thune whining about filibuster tactics being used in the US Senate.

  2. the pertinent thing is that the democrats, who never passed a budget when in power, now use the last-option mechanism of filibuster like a daily suppository to handle their mundane tasks, like blocking any legislative action that happens to occur. the former was a violation of trust by the party in power, and the latter is confirmation that the violation of trust then and now is very intentional.

    democrats. trust violated. end of story.

      1. i suppose it’s really funny that when reid was majority leader, he himself filed a lot of the cloture motions of his sessions, to add to the general dysfunction and bitter partisanship that he could turn into political energy for his party. ha frickin ha.

        1. I really don’t like the idea of the cloture rules. Don’t make any sense.I wish the Republicans would use the nuclear option.

          As far as bringing in Reid on this thread, you’re going to have to catch me a little earlier in the day to try and pull that old switcheroo.

          This discussion started by pointing out Thune’s monumental hypocrisy and the entertainment value of Rounds joining in. I do get it on Reid’s hypocrisy too. Maybe since you’re an insider you can persuade Powers to put up something about that. But in the meantime, can we be germane here and keep on topic with Thune being a whining hypocrite? Thune, as a leader of the party that put up more filibuster threats than any Congress in the history of the United States? Thune – the King of Obstructionists?

          Now that’s germane to the post. Please stick with me on this.

          1. ” Thune – the King of Obstructionists?”— Remember when their rallying cry against Daschle was “obstructionist”— “they never cease to amaze.

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