Republicans will block the vote on EVERYTHING until they get tax cuts for the rich. And even if they do get that tax bill passed (right now, it doesnt appear it will pass), they'll just block all lesgislation, just as they have for the past two years.

42 GOP senators signed that piece of paper. So tax cuts for the rich carries a much higher priority than provding support for suffering first responders, or repeating DADT, or extending jobless benefits. Nothing is more important than passing a big fat tax cut for people who dont even need it.
Also, Dan posted this same thing at 10:30 this morning.
The story here is that Fox News openly pinned the blame on Republicans. "Republicans derailed" not "Democrat-controlled Senate failed to..."
A "kerfluffle" definately wouldn't be permitted on school grounds.

Also, sanity prevailed, but it's completely insane the school board allowed this particular issue to test it. I'd like to think a teacher could've handled this by just explaining to the parent what the book was actually about. I'd like to think a lot of things, I guess.
Republicans and other conservatives get up every morning on the wrong -- or the "right" -- side of bed. They get mad if the wind blows, or if it's not blowing. They get mad, stay mad, and go through their entire miserable little lives mad at everything and everybody.

Why is this so, you may ask.

It's an interesting story. You see, conservatives have the head of an alligator at one end and the head of a crocodile at the other end. But if they have a head at both ends, how do they take (or give?) a shit? They don't! That what makes them so mean!

... and ...

I'm tired of trying to read comments posted by conservatives. Admittedly, I heartily disagree with their content, but my fatigue is from trying to decipher barely readable compositions. They butcher grammar, spelling and "The Elements of Style" so badly it's like listening to someone scratch their fingernails on a blackboard.
By "dust", I think Fox meant asbestos.
This was not a vote on the bill... it was a vote for "cloture" - a parlimentary procedure to either end debate early and call a roll vote or to end review of a bill and call debate to the floor. While in the House the bill had 17 Republicans vote against the bill (of course it also had 3 Democrats who apparently also "hate the Heroes of 9/11). In the Senate vote referenced above there was also one Democrat who voted against cloture.

This wasn't a vote against the bill - or against helping the brave men and women who responded to the horrors of that day and the following months. It was a vote to consider the bill further before bringing it to the floor (also possibly part of the GOP strategy to focus first on the VERY rapidly approaching end of the tax year).
"This was not a vote on the bill... it was a vote for "cloture" - a parlimentary procedure to either end debate early and call a roll vote or to end review of a bill and call debate to the floor. "

-so that way they can vote it down when less people are paying attention.
Can we just emphasize the fact that the motion received 57 votes for, 42 against, and yet it *failed*?

The conservatism inherent in Senate procedure is simply mind-boggling.
Republicans don't hate the heroes of 9/11, they just happen to hate sick people more than they love the heroes of 9/11.
Republicans only love the rich survivors, not the ones who need help. Wouldn't it just be easier to do away with pretense and rename them the Hedge Fund Party?

We've seen more then enough examples of this to know that if there isn't a super majority of 60 voting in favor of cloture to end debate, the likelihood of a bill ever being actually voted "yea" or "nay" is effectively reduced to near zero. Not that it couldn't happen at some point, but very few bills seem to get to a vote without cloture; they either end up stalled completely, or they're extensively modified, for example by separating them into smaller components, such as what Lieberman has suggested re: creating a separate bill to deal specifically with DADT that is unattached to the rest of the Defense Appropriation bill.

So, while from a semantical position you're correct, the reality is that failure to vote on cluture generally seems to result in a de facto killing of the specific bill in question.

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