Fix the Senate http://wfpl.org en Fix the Senate Now Blasts Mitch McConnell's Self-Filibuster http://wfpl.org/post/fix-senate-now-blasts-mitch-mcconnells-self-filibuster <p>A <a href="http://fixthesenatenow.org/pages/who-supports-reform/#.UMJICOgX4xM">coalition of labor and environmental groups</a> are targeting Senate Republican Leader Mitch <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/07/mcconnell-s-self-filibuster.html">McConnell's self-filibuster</a>, saying it underscores the need for reforms.</p><p>Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, McConnell challenged Senate Democrats to support his proposal to give President Obama the power to raise the U.S. debt limit unilaterally.</p><p>Mr. Obama is asking for the power as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. But when Democratic Leader Harry Reid proposed passing the measure by a simple 51-vote majority, McConnell quickly objected.</p><p>Instead, he argued, such a controversial decision required a filibuster proof 60 vote majority.</p><p>"Mitch McConnell has been the chief opponent of fixing the Senate and reforming the filibuster. And this is a prime example of why the filibuster needs to be fixed," says Melinda Pierce, a spokeswoman for Sierra Club, which is a member of the <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/exclusive-major-unions-and-progressive-groups-create-filibuster-reform-coalition.php">Fix the Senate Now coalition</a>.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:27:38 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2875 at http://wfpl.org Fix the Senate Now Blasts Mitch McConnell's Self-Filibuster