Senate TV via AP
The PATRIOT Act filibuster that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
93% led on Wednesday evening has proven one big thing: that his colleague from Kentucky, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, agrees with his predecessor that there shouldn’t be open process or debate when the Senate considers major pieces of legislation.
Before Paul forcibly took control of the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
54%—who supports the National Security Agency (NSA) spying program that Paul is filibustering the PATRIOT Act over—had planned on having U.S. Senators vote on Obamatrade on Wednesday evening. The vote was supposed to happen as early as 8 p.m. on Wednesday but before 1 a.m. on Thursday–and now has been bumped at least as far back as 10 a.m. on Thursday. Paul relinquished the floor just before midnight on Wednesday, speaking for more than 10 and a half hours.
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