Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Rand Paul Filibustering on Senate Floor


Right now, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is waging an old-fashioned, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington-style filibuster on the Senate floor. Paul is stalling the vote to confirm John Brennan as the new CIA Director.

Sparking Sen. Paul's move is Brennan's involvement with the administration policy relating to drone strikes on terror targets - specifically killing American citizens inside the United States. Read more here.

Watch live on C-SPAN.

Sen. Paul began his filibuster by saying he would speak "until [he] can no longer speak." The Senate filibuster record, held by Strom Thurmond, is 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Of Oklahoma interest, Rep. Jim Bridenstine is among a small core of conservative House members who have joined Sen. Paul on the Senate floor as a move of moral support (not being Senators, they cannot speak, but they do have access to the Senate floor).

Several senators continue to help Sen. Paul in his filibuster, by asking lengthy "questions" to give Rand time to rest his voice. Among them are Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Jim Moran (R-KS).


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