Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Senator Paul's Filibuster

Senator Rand Paul
On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, began a filibuster of the vote on John Brennan's nomination to be the new head of the CIA.

Senator Paul began at 11:47 EST and went for three hours before he started to be joined by others. He was then joined by Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Jerry Moran of Kansas, all Republicans. Discussions between the Senators have focused upon whether or not drones should be used on American soil.

In the fourth hour, Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat joined them, to be followed by Marco Rubio of Florida and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Republicans. Near the end of the fourth hour Harry Reid of Nevada, Democrat, attempted to see an end to the filibuster, but did not see his goal accomplished.

As the fifth hour began, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Republican, began his addition to the filibuster, and was later followed by John Cornyn of Texas. Jerry Moran of Kansas, Republican, returned near the end of the sixth hour.

About seven and a quarter hours in, Paul offered the Democrats a resolution, which would require the President to answer the question of whether drones will ever be used against the American people. In the form of Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democrats rejected the unanimous consent request.

Ted Cruz returned at about seven and three quarter hours in, and read a list of Tweets, supporting Senator Paul. As the ninth hour began Mike Lee made his own return. Nine and a half hours in John Barrasso of Wyoming, Republican, joined in the filibuster and called for the Democrats to reconsider the unanimous consent request of Paul's. Barrasso's question into a mini filibuster, in itself.

Cruz returned again about ten and a third hours in, with more tweets and then proceeded into a mini filibuster of his own. He held the floor for a hour and seven minutes, quoting Ayn Rand, Shakespeare, Patton, and Reagan. After he was done, Marco Rubio returned. With his speech he brought out quotes from Wiz Khalifa, The Godfather, and Jay Z. He in turn was followed by John Thune of South Dakota, Republican.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Republican, joined in as the time approached twelve hours. He was quickly followed by the return of Pat Toomey. Minutes after it became twelve hours of filibuster, Dick Durbin returned to ask a question of Paul. Durbin's questions were quickly responded to by Paul, who had earlier answered them in his statements. He was followed by Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Jeff Flake of Arizona, all Republicans. At twelve and a half hours, Mike Lee made another return, as did Durbin and Cruz.

Then it all came to a close with less than five minutes til it hit thirteen hours. Rand Paul yielded the floor. He was quickly followed by a move for adjournment, from Dick Durbin. The filibuster officially ended, with a time of twelve hours and fifty-four minutes.

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