Senate Democrats Payback GOP Obstruction With First Successful Filibuster Of Keystone XL


Republicans got a taste of their own medicine as Senate Democrats successfully filibustered an attempt by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the debate on the bill to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Hill reported:

The Senate on Monday failed to end debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, making it likely that a final vote on the measure won’t take place until next week.

In a 53-39 vote, the Senate fell six votes short of the 60 needed to end debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no, a procedural move that allows him to bring up the motion again.

The tally fell short because several Democrats who support building the pipeline voted to continue the debate. A number of GOP senators also missed the vote because of their travel plans.

The bill to authorize the construction of the pipeline will eventually pass, but Democrats are sending a message to McConnell and the Republicans that they are going to hold McConnell to his word that the Senate will be run by an open process. Keystone XL was previously viewed as one of the easier things that Republicans thought they could pass, but Senate Democrats have shown themselves to solid opposition.

Democrats are holding firm. They are not going to roll over and let Republicans run over them. The Democratic filibusters are a bit of poetic justice. When he was Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell used obstructionist tactics to slow down the Senate to a crawl. The difference between the behaviors of Senate Democrats and Republicans is that the Democrats aren’t obstructing for the sake of obstruction. Senate Democrats are holding McConnell to his word. Mitch McConnell promised Democrats that the Senate will be run more openly. McConnell doesn’t get to whatever he pleases, because his plan to pass Keystone XL isn’t unfolding as he expected.

39 Replies to “Senate Democrats Payback GOP Obstruction With First Successful Filibuster Of Keystone XL”

  1. Dear Mitch, the consequences of your previous obstructionism are coming back to bite you in the a$$! You will go down in history as not being relevant or capable of running even the asylum you call the the senate republicans. Loving this!!!!

  2. ummm.. pretty sure its OK to spell it ASS…

    if you want to say pardon mt french then its âne or cul…

  3. This will not pass while the President is in the Whitehouse and law suits are pending……waste of time!

  4. I wonder if Bitch McConnell will have Bread Bag Barbie Ernst go on all the Sunday shows to whine about it?

  5. It is sad that we have glee in 2nd chair.

    Be positive and loud.

    We cannot free our voice with the negative.

    Be vindicated not petty.


    They will rekinquish, and see sameness.

    Be whole.


    Above all better than yesterday’s version

  6. Democrats – stand your ground for the country. Don’t let the tea baggers/KKK republicans intimidate you. Fight for the American middle class..!

  7. Which still won’t help since President Obama’s veto pen is ready and waiting.

    Had they had a Republican in the White House, it would be a different story. Unfortunately for them, although they won the Senate and kept the gerrymandered House, they still don’t have 67 seats in the Senate to override a presidential veto.

    Killing the filibuster now will do nothing for them other than to show what totalitarians they are.

  8. Yessir, they aren’t your typical Kochsuckers willing to sell out everything for 35 permanent jobs.

    I guess the fantastical number of jobs the Republicans are touting include the cleanup crews that inevitably will be employed when the Keystone XL pipeline covers half of Yellowstone with tar sands sludge.

  9. “In a 53-39 vote, the Senate fell six votes short of the 60 needed to end debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no, a procedural move that allows him to bring up the motion again.”

    Now, last time I checked my calculator, 53+6=59, NOT 60.

  10. aaaaaand, makes the Dems NO BETTER than the GOP when it comes to a pissing contest. in addition to wasting taxpayers money by spitballing and getting nothing done. ashamed of our government.

  11. Hey I know this might be a foreign concept to you but if that pipeline gets built and leaks and it will leak you the taxpayer will have to pay billions for cleanup because your gop made sure trans Canada will not be held liable.

    Sometimes it will help before you post at least know what’s at stake

  12. Not really a waste of time – for Republicans, that is.

    This isn’t about Keystone XL since he knows President Obama will veto it.

    No. This is about the 2016 elections.

    This is an attempt to peel off a few corporateDems in order to call the bill a “bi-partisan” bill.

    Doing this will piss off enough environmentally sensitive Dems and Liberals to maybe not vote in 2016, raising the chances for a Republican Congress and Republican White House.

  13. I was ashamed at the goverment when Dumya was APPOINTED president in 2000.

    we’ve had 6 years of the tea bag/repubs pissing our $$$ down the drain.

    Remember the $25 BILLION Raphael pissed away on his usesless rant?

    It’s Crazy to Think Keystone XLWon’t Leak

    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE

  14. It was 54 votes for until he changed his vote so that he could bring it up again when the rest of the Tea Baggers get back from their Koch sponsored party.

  15. Those aren’t dollar signs on his ass, those are wrinkles resulting from centuries long sitting in the same room.

  16. So, all you myopic and regressive Democrats, how’d that Keystone XL vote finally turn out? Gee, the obstructionist Democrats lost another one.

  17. I know stupid runs in your family but the vote failed.
    v. failed, fail·ing, fails

    1. To prove deficient or lacking; perform ineffectively or inadequately: failed to fulfill their promises; failed in their attempt to reach the summit.

    a. To be unsuccessful: an experiment that failed.

    b. To be unsuccessful in being acted upon: an idea that failed to be accepted by the board.

    3. To receive an academic grade below the acceptable minimum.

    4. To prove insufficient in quantity or duration; give out: The water supply failed during the drought.

    5. To decline, as in strength or effectiveness: The light began to fail.

    6. To cease functioning properly: The engine failed.

    7. To give way or be made otherwise useless as a result of excessive strain: The rusted girders failed and caused the bridge to collapse.

    8. To become bankrupt or insolvent: Their business failed during the last recession.

  18. Right, the cleanup that WE have to pay for. TransCanada is NOT responsible for cleanup and maintenance. America takes all the risk, while Canada reaps all the gains.

  19. So let me get this straight….CSNBC and CNN starting the whole “obstructionist” fear that got copied/pasted billions of times in blogs as we are “vile and hated republicans” and even though they were doing what their constituents asked, you called it…”obstructionism.”

    Then as a form of payback, you decide to do EXACTLY what you criticize?

    Hmmmm, do what your constituents ask or “get even” with pure partisan politics after criticizing that too….

    Liberals are just a [snipped].

    (Note from the censor: you barge into someone else’s house, first wipe your feet)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.