Mr. President, I Object
March 20, 2013
These are the words that the Senate Majority Leader dreads to hear. In the last couple of days, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has tried to reach an unanimous consent agreement on the floor to proceed with the continuing resolution in an expedited fashion. On Monday evening, Senator Ayotte (R-NH) objected. You can see the motion and the objection here. Then, you can see Senator Reid express his frustration. Following that, Senator Moran (R-KS) indicated that he was ready to object.
The next day, Senator Moran got his chance to object on his own when Reid once again proposed a motion for expedited debate and amendments. This is how the Senate operates. Most times action can proceed only when no one objects and the majority leader obtains unanimous consent. A lot of time is spent behind the scenes negotiating these agreements and seeking consensus among senators. Sometimes it does not work.
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