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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:57 PM

Unanimous Consent-- If Not Courageous

Unanimous Consent-- If Not Courageous

Yesterday everyone was upset that the Senate had passed-- by voice vote (so no record of who voted for and against it) and by unanimous consent-- a work-around for the sequester for the FAA. TPM pointed out that Eric Cantor was crowing how the craven Democrats had backed down. Cantor's Memo:

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In the House Friday, the bill passed 361-41, a dozen Boehner-hating Republicans joining just 29 Democrats willing to stand up for principle. I was shocked to see Hoyer was one of the Democrats taking a principled position along with people like Donna Edwards, Barbara Lee, Keith Ellison, John Conyers, Mark Pocan, Rick Nolan, Chellie Pingree, who we usually expect this kind of courageousness from.



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The unanimous voice vote came around 8pm and only had two participants, Harry Reid and Susan Collins. They were unanimous. Now, to be fair, Reid had requested-- in writing-- that any Democrat who didn't agree to the unanimous consent agreement speak up. Not ONE SPOKE UP... until the next day. Who can argue with what Bernie Sanders said on the Ed Schultz Show Friday after the House vote?

What we have to understand is that clearly there was a serious problem. We're seeing air traffic delays all over the country and that's something that has to be addressed. The problem is that when it's Members of Congress who are flying-- and they do a lot of flying-- when it is business people, upper class people who fly, we respond. But what my worry is, you've got 70 thousand kids that are going to lose slots in Head Start [and] I don't think our Republican friends are going to be quite so quick to respond to the serious crisis and what it means to working families. When you've got folks not getting the public health that they need, I don't think our Republican friends are going to be there. When teachers are going to be laid off, I don't think our Republican friends are going to be there. Clearly the answer is we need to end sequestration but do it in a way that makes sense, which is to have more revenue coming in, primarily, in my view, by ending these outrageous loopholes, such that one out of four corporations in America pays nothing in taxes. But not just cut, cut, cut.

I asked another very progressive congressman, a House Member, why he voted for the bill today. "Because the world is better with it than without it," he told me, "even though itís a stupid way to accomplish that." We went back and forth a little and I mentioned that the Republicans would get their way on everything about the sequester they had manipulated Obama and the foolish Democrats into to begin with. "Itís worse than that," he told me. "What we voted on doesnít end the sequester for air traffic control. All it does is give the White House the authority to move a certain amount of FAA money from certain other accounts to the air traffic control account. The FAA still is subject to the sequester cut, in full. Itís just a device to shift blame from the Republicans to the White House if anything goes wrong. Notwithstanding that, itís better than the status quo, and Iíve got the worldís 23rd largest airport to think about."

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http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2013/04/unanimous-consent-if-not-courageous.html

Like the bullshit filibuster, unanimous consent must end. It's impossible to hold Senators accountable when there is no record of the vote. This might be fine for naming a post office, but on matters such as this, there needs to be a vote.

No one objected. At least there is a record of the House vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll125.xml

The Senate also made changes to the Stock Act by unanimous consent: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2684539

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:58 PM

1. the chickenshit congress of 2013

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:18 PM

2. It always fascinates me how

members of Congress talk about things not getting done in Congress as if they're not the ones responsible for getting things done.

They got this done, and with warp speed.


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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:52 PM

3. Kick for

one objection to proceed to a vote.



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