Senate Introduces ‘Millibuster’, Where Senators Just Kind Of Stand Around


Anchor: Senators mill about. This is WBS News Radio, and it’s 12:26. The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a new rule Thursday known as the “millibuster,” which enables Senators to walk around the Senate chamber aimlessly, without a clear purpose. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke in favor of the measure to implement the rule prior to the Senate vote.

McConnell: This rule is in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Senate’s tendency to see its members mill about, traipse around, aimlessly wander. We cannot sacrifice these hallowed traditions simply because the Democrats in power want to do away with them as a means to achieving their own ends — namely that of sitting down.

Anchor: The motion to institute the millibuster rule passed with just two Democratic votes, that of moderates Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Following the vote, McConnell took to the floor again to thank the two Democrats.

McConnell: I want to thank Senators Manchin and Sinema specifically, as they had the fortitude and the strength of their convictions to support this rule and uphold the great history of meandering that exists in this chamber, thus proving the era of bipartisanship is not in fact over, and we can work together. I plan to mosey on over to their side of the aisle, twiddle my thumbs a bit and eventually get around to thanking them personally later on today. But first I ask unanimous consent to allot 20 minutes of time to mill about, beginning now.

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