This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt bill, S.627, failed to get to a vote for passage. The vote to end debate, otherwise known as a cloture vote, failed 50-49 as 60 votes are required to end debate.
Although Harry Reid has refused two offers by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to vote here and now on passage which would only require a 50 vote margin, the New York Times is putting the blame for Sen. Reid’s delay tactics on Senate Republicans.
Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, had convened the Senate at noon, then moved to a procedural vote on his own proposal for raising the debt ceiling. Senate Republicans had been filibustering that plan, which House Republicans rejected on Saturday, and the vote on breaking the filibuster fell 10 votes short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules.
What the Times didn’t report was that one of the people “filibustering” Reid’s bill is .. Harry Reid himself. The Senate’s own roll call reflects the reality of the situation – Harry Reid voted “nay” on the vote to end the filibuster (the cloture vote image right).
If this is a filibuster, Harry Reid is leading the way.