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Senate Debates Budget While Leader Presses Libya

July 6, 2011

The Senate majority leader cancelled the Senate recess this week to show that the Senate was debating the debt limit issue. However, majority leader Reid (D-NV) brought an resolution on Libya to the floor. A few senators (Wyden (D-OR), Lugar (R-IN, McCain (R-AZ), Kirk (R-IL)) came to the floor to discuss Libya, but most Republicans used the floor July 5, 2011 to discuss the budget resolution. Many Republicans speaking reflected Sen. Corker’s (R-TN) comments when he said “But instead of focusing on the issue at hand, which is what most people back in Tennessee or Virginia or some other place would do if they had a problem, we are going to focus on something possibly that is irrelevant and has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue at hand, just to make the American people think we are doing something.” The day continued with skirmishes between Reid who tried to keep the focus on Libya and Senate Republicans who used most of the day to discuss the budget and the debt ceiling. At the end of the day, Reid made a motion to instruct the sergeant at arms to compel the presence of absent senators so that the could end the “mini-filibuster” of the Republicans over the debt ceiling. That vote lasted over an hour.

You can review every day’s Senate proceedings in the Congressional Chronicle and watch the speeches of individual Senators.

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