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July 24, 2008

Senate Republicans Threaten to Block and Filibuster All Business Until Drilling Restrictions are Removed

The Stupid Party gets smart.

Senate Republicans have threatened to block nearly all other bills pending before the August recess if Democrats refuse to vote with them on expanding offshore drilling.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said bills that do not pertain to energy can wait until after the August recess, with gas prices now surpassing $4 per gallon. McConnell and top Republicans indicated Wednesday they would oppose any procedural votes to take up other legislation, which require 60 votes to succeed.

But Republicans are planning to keep the Senate on the energy issue until their demands are resolved. The massive housing-rescue package might be the only other measure that gets valuable floor time before the August recess.

As Captain Ed explains, Harry Reid has been trying to buy the votes of ten Republicans by offering them sops on other issues, in order to stop the stoppage. His previous effort didn't work.

There's blood in the water here. The GOP can either feast or starve.

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