GOP Senators Gum Up Hearings With 2PM Rule

They refuse consent to continue, invoking obscure rule
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 5:08 PM CDT
GOP Senators Gum Up Hearings With 2PM Rule
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, left, walks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., into the leader's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Senate Republicans furious over the passage of health care reform are doing anything they can to keep Democrats from implementing more of Obama's agenda. Their latest move (used by Democrats in the past) is to invoke a little-known rule that requires unanimous consent for Senate hearings to continue past 2pm. Several hearings had to be stopped today, notes Time.

"I could imagine a lot of smart ways to begin obstructing the chamber and making life miserable for Democrats," writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post. "But declaring that you won't work after 2 p.m? Do Republicans really think the average American is going to rally to that battle cry?" And maybe it's time to get rid of these obscure and bizarre rules once and for all, he suggests. (More Senate stories.)

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