Democrats Promise Not To Make Noise While Republicans Are Working


Anchor: This is WBS News Radio, and it’s 9:13. 

Senate Democrats made an unusual vow Friday, telling their Republican counterparts they would stay absolutely quiet while the GOP senators tried to get their work done.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his Democratic colleagues in the Senate chamber that their silence is golden.

Schumer: I spoke to Leader McConnell this morning and assured him that we Democrats understand how vital our silence is to the work of this body.  Only when we are absolutely quiet will our Republican colleagues on the other side of the aisle be able to craft all-important legislation, informing us at the appropriate time the content of such legislation and what we are allowed to ask be included in it.  Then, in due time, we back off those requests and vote in favor of the bill because it’s better than nothing. 

Anchor: Schumer then said he would end his floor speech early and yield his remaining time back to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in case he had more he wanted to say.

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