Maine ‘moderate’ Susan Collins to filibuster financial reform; GOP claims to have enough votes to block legislation

Big surprise there. GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine once again proves what Joe has been saying for years – she’s a conservative Republicans that votes lock-stop with the party’s far-right leadership. Does the woman actually have a mind of her own, ever?

Mitch McConnell has rounded up the necessary votes to block Democrats from bringing Wall Street reform to the Senate floor, a spokesman for the Senate Minority Leader said on Friday afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Thursday he planned to bring the bill to the floor next week where it would be debated and amendments added. McConnell has now persuaded 41 Republicans to vote against debating reform.

McConnell’s office sends along a statement from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who had been the holdout, that she will indeed vote to filibuster a motion to proceed: “If the Majority Leader brings the partisan Senate Banking Committee bill to the floor next week, Senator Collins will vote against a motion to proceed.”

Republicans are trying to block reform at the behest of Wall Street. They’ve been told to use the talking point that the financial reform bill is actually a bail out bill for big business. It’s the new death panel. Just lie about anything and hope it sticks. Of course, this one is even more egregious since the GOP is actually whoring for it’s financial donors on Wall Street, while pretending that it’s sticking up for the little guy.

Harry Reid says the GOP can “bring it on.” Reid needs to force the Republicans to hold a real filibuster, and force them to stay up all night to block financial reform.

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