Senate Democrats

Reid Spokesman: McConnell’s Logic On Procedural Votes Explains Misplaced Republican Priorities

Washington, DCSenate Majority Leader spokesman, Rodell Mollineau, released the following statement in response to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments on the real meaning of cloture votes:

“We are glad that Senator McConnell has made clear his position on cloture votes.  By his logic, Senate Republicans’ vote last week against proceeding to the defense bill means they don’t support our troops in a time of war.  By his logic, if Senate Republicans vote later today against proceeding to the unemployment insurance bill, it means they could care less about the thousands of Americans who are losing the relief they need every day.  Thank you, Senator McConnell.  Democrats couldn’t have put it any better.”

Today at the Republican Leadership stakeout, Minority Leader McConnell said, “At some point the Majority Leader will try to move to proceed to the bill, and I think it’s appropriate to make the point at the outset that a vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to this bill will be treated as a vote on the merits of the bill.”