11 Apr '11, 1pm

Politico: Dems gloat over alleged McConnell miscue

McCONNELL MISCUE? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed Reid for a vote on his amendment to eliminate EPA’s greenhouse gas permitting program. Reid put the amendment up for a vote Wednesday, along with three amendments from centrist Democrats that would have delayed or diminished the program. None passed, with three from centrist Democrats scoring only a handful of votes while the McConnell’s option split the Senate evenly at 50-50. Democrats claim that McConnell’s insistence on the failed floor vote handed Obama and Reid exactly the ammunition they needed to prevent similar language from making its way into the final spending deal. ‘We made it clear the Senate had spoken,’ a senior Senate Democratic aide told reporters after the deal was brokered Friday. A separate Senate Democratic aide had a less diplomatic take on the minority leader’s push for the unsuccessful...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/04/11/politico-dems-gloat...

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