Republicans shutting down Senate committee hearings, including Defense, because they’re angry about health care reform




I get that the GOP is playing to their base, but their base is crazy. I can’t imagine that independents will see this as anything more than childish, and bullyish.

Washington, DC—Spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Jim Manley, released the following statement today after Republicans forced shut down of several Senate committees for the second consecutive day:

“For a second straight day, Republicans are using tricks to shut down several key Senate committees. So let me get this straight: in retaliation for our efforts to have an up-or-down vote to improve health care reform, Republicans are blocking an Armed Services committee hearing to discuss critical national security issues among other committee meetings? These political games and obstruction have to stop – the American people expect and deserve better.”

Check out this exchange between Democratic Senator Carl Levin and GOP Senator Burr:

{12:51:15 NSP} (MR. LEVIN) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. LEVIN: MADAM PRESIDENT, I MAKE THIS REQUEST AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. I WOULD NOTE THAT THIS MAN CONSENT REQUEST IS SUPPORTED BY MY RANKING MEMBER, SENATOR MCCAIN. WE’VE HAD — WE HAVE THREE COMMANDERS SCHEDULED TO TESTIFY THIS AFTERNOON. THEY’VE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A LONG TIME. THEY’VE COME A LONG, LONG DISTANCE. ONE OF THEM HAS COME FROM KOREA. ONE OF THEM HAS COME FROM HA HAWAII. AND I WOULD, THEREFORE, ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED

{12:51:45} (MR. LEVIN) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

AND CURRENTLY SCHEDULED HEARING OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED AND THAT WE BE AUTHORIZED TO MEET DURING THE SESSION OF THE SENATE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, AT 2:30 IN OPEN AND CLOSED SESSION TO RECEIVE TESTIMONY FROM ADMIRAL ROBERT WILLARD, UNITED STATES NAVY COMMANDER OF THE U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND; FROM GENERAL KEVIN CHILTON, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, COMMANDER OF THE U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND, AND; FROM GENERAL WALTER SHARPE, UNITED STATES ARMY COMMANDER, U.S.

{12:52:20} (MR. LEVIN) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

FORCES KOREA IN REVIEW OF THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 AND THE FUTURE YEARS’ DEFENSE PROGRAM. AGAIN, SENATOR McCAIN SUPPORTS THIS REQUEST. AND I UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT LIKELY THERE WILL BE ANY VOTES

{12:52:36 NSP} (MR. BURR) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

HERE ON THE FLOOR UNTIL 5:30 THIS AFTERNOON.THIS AFTERNOON. MR. BURR: MADAM PRESIDENT?

{12:52:36 NSP} (THE PRESIDING OFFICER) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION?
THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

{12:52:42 NSP} (MR. BURR) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. BURR: AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AND I SIDE MYSELF WITH THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER, THAT I HAVE NO PERSONAL OBJECTION TO CONTINUING. THERE IS OBJECTION ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. THEREFORE, I WOULD HAVE TO OBJECT.


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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