Filibuster Ends

I don’t think this mean old snake is used to being under the gun like this. I’m glad it’s over:

Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-Ky.) one-man filibuster ended on Tuesday.

Bunning agreed to stop blocking legislation to extend benefits and COBRA health plan subsidies to the unemployed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed to allow him a vote on an amendment to pay for the $10 billion bill.

It’s the same deal Bunning was offered last week, but Bunning at the time decided to continue his fight. He’d been holding up an extension of the benefits since Thursday.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on the 30-day extension after The Hill’s press time.

Bunning will also get to offer two amendments to a one-year extension of the legislation the Senate is considering.

6 thoughts on “Filibuster Ends

  1. My bet is that the first amendment he lays down is the extension of the Paris Hilton Tax Break. It’s what this was all about from the beginning.


  2. How exactly did Reid “appease” him? By letting him offer two amendments? Big deal. Save your outrage for something more worthy.

  3. I’m trying to draw up a list of the 25 americans that america would be better without.


  4. @ Troubled mind: The entire Bush Clan, Dick Cheney, all the “ownership class” specifically Warren Buffett, all the climate deniers (from Rolling Stone) – Jack Gerard, Rex Tillerman, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Marc Morano, Sen. James Inhofe, Dick Gephardt, George Will, Tom Donahue, Don Blankenship, Fred Singer, Sen. John McCain, Charles and David Koch, Rep. Joe Barton, j/o faux lawyers like John Yoo, corporate apologists like Tom Friedman, all of the Wall Street squid crowd starting with Goldman Sachs and AIG people. The list would go on for days, we’re doing so “well” here.

  5. Mentally ill senator cries and stomps feet, Harry Reid gives him something to play nice = “appeasment.”
    Just about to the letter of the dictionary definition, too.
    (JB, you get extra points for the “needless” quotation marks!)

    appease |əˈpēz|
    verb [ trans. ]
    1 pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands : amendments have been added to appease local pressure groups. See note at pacify .
    2 relieve or satisfy (a demand or a feeling) : we give to charity because it appeases our guilt.

    I’m hardly outraged or surprised.
    Nutless, spineless democrats: Proudly bringing sharpened pencils to a gunfight for more than 30 years! Huzzah!

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