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Republicans fold on FinReg filibuster

It turns out Republicans were more interested in threatening a filibuster than in actually filibustering. Harry Reid didn't even have time to break out the cots. Shortly after Democrats announced they were going to force Republicans to stay there all night, Mitch McConnell's office sent out a press release saying that Republicans were ready to move forward.

By Ezra Klein  |  April 28, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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One can only hope that Reid will be ready to bring in the cots for every Republican filibuster from this day forward.

Should have been done every time.

Posted by: Patrick_M | April 28, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of anything more fitting than Senators appropriating the term "going to the mattresses."

It's about time our side got some cojones.

Posted by: cbaratta | April 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice move Harry. I suspect your standing back home in Nevada just jumped north.

Now pleeeese promise to do exactly the same thing this summer when it comes time to vote on climate change and immigration.

Posted by: paul65 | April 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ok, let's learn from this and maybe use it more often.

Posted by: RichardHSerlin | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

i LOVE it. "our side".


any reporting being done on what the actual "change" to the legislation is out of curiousity?

Posted by: visionbrkr | April 28, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

McConnell gets away with it because no one calls him on it. He says bailout and the respondents start explaining the complicated provisions and the funding mechanism, etc. and other parts of the provision. The proper response to get media attention is to say "The Republican Minority Leader is lying again!" or "McConnell knows there is no bailout fund; he is lying."

Posted by: ncaofnw | April 28, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"any reporting being done on what the actual "change" to the legislation is out of curiousity?"


The Hill is reporting that Richard Shelby was given assurances that Republican concerns about the $50 billion fund to wind down failed banks will be addressed in the form of the bill that moves to the floor as debate opens on Thursday.

I am sure there were will be more detailed reporting tomorrow, but for now this is all we know:

Posted by: Patrick_M | April 29, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: dcunning1 | April 29, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Six months too late, Harry. Better late than never, though.

Posted by: dpurp | April 29, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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