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Old 07-18-2012, 11:58 AM
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Tea party hero Jim DeMint stands in way of taking care of Camp Lejeune marines and their families.

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South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint warned Monday evening that he would block all legislation that has not been cleared by his office in the final days of the pre-election session.


Bret Bernhardt, DeMint's chief of staff, said in an e-mail to GOP and Democratic aides that his boss would place a hold on all legislation that has not been cleared by both parties by the end of the day Tuesday.

Any senator can place a hold to block legislation — and overcoming that would require the Senate to take time-consuming steps to invoke cloture, which would require 60 votes.


With the Senate slated to adjourn Thursday until after the elections, DeMint's stance could mean trouble for Democrats if the two parties don't quickly agree on a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating past Sept. 30. And that could mean the demise of a slew of other stalled and largely noncontroversial bills that both parties are looking to clear before Election Day.


DeMint told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon that his staff was currently reviewing 40-50 bills that both sides want to clear by unanimous consent before Congress adjourns for the month of October.


“Some of it is easy, and some of it has big price tags – if it’s not paid for and if it doesn’t have a [Congressional Budget Office] score, then it shouldn’t pass without a Senate vote,” he said.


In his Monday night email, Bernhardt said that the "the Executive Committee of the Senate Steering Committee has asked the Steering Committee staff to hold all bills that have not been hotlined by close of business Tuesday," referring to the conservative advisory committee that DeMint chairs.


"If there are any bills you would like cleared before we go out, please get them to the Steering Committee staff along with a CBO score, if applicable, by close of business on Tuesday."


DeMint’s demand is not entirely unusual – and it mirrors a tactic previously employed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) at the end of a Senate session.


“At the end of the session, crap gets out of here and nobody knows what it’s in it and we’re not going to do that,” Coburn said Tuesday, saying DeMint’s move was backed by the executive Steering Committee last week.


“This was not my decision,” DeMint said Tuesday. “It was a decision by eight people of the Steering Executive Committee and it’s something we’ve done before.”

Wesley Denton, DeMint’s spokesman, said that the committee simply has asked for 48 hours to review the bills.


“If you wait until Thursday night and then unveil some big spending bill, your bill is not going to pass,” Denton said, accusing Washington of “ramming through bills no one reads.”


But Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), mocked DeMint, saying he wondered what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “thinks about self-proclaimed King DeMint’s unilateral declaration.”


“One thing I know for sure is if their conference continues to follow the lead of the junior senator from South Carolina, they are destined to be in the minority for years to come,” Manley said.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories...#ixzz210E8ycFv
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If I read coorectly, I agree with what DeMint is doing.
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Any time I read a headline like "Rep DeMint screws Marines" My BS meter goes on full alert.
Old 07-18-2012, 12:26 PM
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The folks who are getting screwed are the voters. Especially when "hurry-up" bills are passed without proper review and perusal. That's the whole reason this was done...to prevent ANY bill from being pushed through. Unfortunately, that means some good ones get held up...along with all the bad ones.
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The only good liberal is a DEAD LIBERAL........
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Originally Posted by WASQUE View Post
The only good liberal is a DEAD LIBERAL........
You're an asshole for thinking half the people in the country should be dead.
Because they don't see eye-to-eye with you ;? Reread the the first sentence.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
You're an asshole for thinking half the people in the country should be dead.
Because they don't see eye-to-eye with you ;? Reread the the first sentence.
x2 - Demint is a tea party favorite Republican too.
;?;?;? Lots of unfulfilled frustrated people here.....
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I don't see any problem with reading the bills before they vote on them. Who does?
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Originally Posted by Battlewagon View Post
I don't see any problem with reading the bills before they vote on them. Who does?
People who are trying to shove shit through at the last minute that normally would not get approved, that's who. What not a better bill to put alot of crap into because if someone blocks it they would be accused of "screwing marines".
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
You're an asshole for thinking half the people in the country should be dead.
Because they don't see eye-to-eye with you ;? Reread the the first sentence.
It's not half, it's 20%.

Dead is extreme...'See the light' is more like it.
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
It's not half, it's 20%.

Dead is extreme...'See the light' is more like it.
Do you think that only 20% of the US people are liberals?
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Do you think that only 20% of the US people are liberals?
Gallup says Americans say that. I just googled it!




Although personally I think the terms "liberal" and "conservative" are overused. One could be fiscally conservative and socially liberal and vice versa. Look at GW he was socially conservative and fiscally liberal but he is viewed as a conservative when I would classify him as a liberal.

Here is the full report......http://www.gallup.com/poll/141032/20...-liberals.aspx
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OK, I'll go along with that. But in most posts on THT, I believe that liberals = democrats, and conservatives = republicans.
Am I wrong about this?
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Originally Posted by Miss Sadie View Post
Tea party hero Jim DeMint stands in way of taking care of Camp Lejeune marines and their families.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...lBBJsHg_UT2wFg
Your thread title is pathetic and intellectually dishonest........I hope you are proud of yourself.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Do you think that only 20% of the US people are liberals?
LMFAO.......let me guess, you only watch MSNBC and read the crap at DailyKOS.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
OK, I'll go along with that. But in most posts on THT, I believe that liberals = democrats, and conservatives = republicans.
Am I wrong about this?
No, you are wrong on that as well. Post again and go for a hat trick.
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I heard those numbers the other day, the 20% thing. It's actually the Republicans, too, at a higher percentage, but not as high as you might think. So, I was like, well that's only about 60% total... who/what/where is everybody else? Moderates and independents make up the largerest percentage right smack in the middle of the road.

Maybe AFD can find those numbers... he's gifted with kind of stuff.

On edit... I see somebody beat him to it.
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OK I bite. I read/skimmed the article, from what I read he wants to review the bill before voting to protect tax payers from Fraud. This is a good thing right?
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Originally Posted by Miss Sadie View Post
Tea party hero Jim DeMint stands in way of taking care of Camp Lejeune marines and their families.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...lBBJsHg_UT2wFg
So why didn't you title the thread:

"Democratic controlled House and Senate fail to pass legislation to assist Camp Lejeune Marines and their families" ;?

They had the bill, for years, and did nothing with it.

I might call you a disingenuous hack, but I wouldn't do that in the open forum. It's visible to everyone anyhow.


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