Senate Republican leader blocks debt limit vote

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 6, 2012 1:24pm EST

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to a podium to deliver remarks to the press on Capitol Hill in Washington November 14, 2012. \. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to a podium to deliver remarks to the press on Capitol Hill in Washington November 14, 2012. \.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday prevented a simple majority vote on a proposal to give Democratic President Barack Obama unilateral power to raise the debt limit.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the measure to the floor for consideration at the request of McConnell. But McConnell refused to permit a vote after Reid said it could pass with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate. McConnell demanded 60 votes needed for passage.

The jockeying played out as Democrats and Republicans seek to end a stalemate on how to resolve spending and tax issues by year's end.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Mott wrote:
So the drama begins.. once more.

Dec 06, 2012 1:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“to give Democratic President Barack Obama unilateral power”

That in itself is a very good reason to stop it no matter what it’s for.

No debt limit by decree of the President?

Wonder how that would have gone over under President Bush?

Dec 06, 2012 1:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Now we’re talking. Not allowing a vote. I know they employ this with increasing frequency, but what is the point of that again? If the proposal is so stupid, why not have the vote and vote it down? Put it to rest, no?

It’s kind of like an incumbent cancelling an election because you don’t like how the polls are leaning. These maneuvers are why the republicans are viewed so negatively in the broader public.

Dec 06, 2012 1:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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