March 2nd, 2010
07:10 PM ET
4 years ago

BREAKING: Agreement reached to end Bunning's filibuster

Washington (CNN) – Senators have reached agreement to end Sen. Jim Bunning's filibuster of $10 billion in benefits for unemployed workers and road projects, Bunning's office and Democratic officials said.

The agreement, officials said, calls for two votes - one on the package itself and another on a measure to pay for it, as Bunning demanded.

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  1. nathan

    bunning rules

    March 2, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. mypitts2

    I wanted to see a real filibuster. Dems had put together a 21-person team to go all-night.

    March 2, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Finally a glimpse of financial management visible in Washington DC. We need to have more support for fiscal discipline from our congressmen. Good job Senator Bunning, for thinking about the America we leave to future generations.

    March 2, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Mickey

    So the cry baby gets what he wants...domestic terrorism at its finest from the GOP!

    March 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. LoveThyNeighbor

    I can only hope that it will be retroactive and have a "grace period" in order to not disrupt the American peoples lives that depend on it. And yes, for the people who are always complaining, some people DO rely on it through no fault of their own...Sam

    March 2, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Pragmatic

    He voted for President Bush's tax cuts, as well as the Medicare Drug Benefit plan which the Bush administration acknowledged would add to the deficit.

    George W. Bush became president in 2000, and the "PayGo" law was allowed to expire in 2002.

    Now, listening to this dinosaur moaning and groaning, his words sound like a total Hypocrite! Now he's trying to defend his past of borrow and spend ... on the backs of the unemployed!

    March 2, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. ib

    May God have mercy on each one of us and on Bunning's fillibusting attitude.

    March 2, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Sadie

    The man was told by his fellow members to cut the crap or they would all go down........now he is having to back track and playing the blame game.......go to hell Bunning you already showed up what you are made of........and we don't like it

    March 2, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Good.
    Pay As You Go is an excellent idea, and it's what both President Obama and Senator Bunning said that they wanted.
    The Republican senator, however, really meant what he said.

    March 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    stuff it up Bunnings butt and send him down the road packing
    then reinstate the benifits and get us a public health care program
    this is with out insurance companies involvment .. public run and paid for from money paid into the program .. :)

    March 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. John

    Bunning and other conservatives would rather that the $10 billion go into the pockets of the mobile wealth investor class.

    March 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. John

    Let's pay for this and other important legislation by restoring taxes to before Ronald Reagan – let the rich pay their "fair share".

    March 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. jodi mekkers

    This guy ought to walk a mail in others shoes, worring about the simple stuff, food, medical care, employment, or unemployment, This abrasive ignorant man should be left to stew in his own juices in a poor place like Detroit, where there are no jobs, housing is dirt cheap because no one can find work and then he might get a drift how the rest of us live, What a jerk!!!

    March 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. sheba - NYC

    Well he knew that he was not going to be re-elected, so had to cave in. Who would want to have a senator that is not compassionate towards the unemployed? The country is going through a crisis...unemployment benefits are a necessity not a luxury..people have to eat and pay their rent – its not like they don't want to work..its simply that there no jobs period.
    Companies don't have money to hire...he should try to bring business into his state instead of trying to block the benefits...

    March 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. 228rory

    Bunning is a MFer. Party before country Republicans.... can't stand it.

    March 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. aliou

    Who is Jim Bunning again?

    Ah! The "No in chief guy?"

    Wolf, How many times has the sen. paid lip service to struggling families in his breaking news speech?

    Republicans have a way of calling the poor to witness while they deprive them of what they(Republicans) freely give to the rich (in billions).

    By the way, leave Patterson alone. You just heard what the italian prime minister is doing and no one is worried in Italy.

    March 2, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Biased

    Good for Bunning. Didn't Obama just sign into law under great fanfare his Paygo law – you pay for what you spend? Or don't democrats have to follow their own laws?

    March 2, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Where was Bunning's concern when he was voting for irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy during wartime? His actions then directly resulted in greatly increasing the deficit.

    Oh, but wait! Then his vote benefitted the rich; now his vote would benefit the average American.

    It is just oh-so-obvious who the Republicans care about.

    And only a FOOL would listen to their lies, hate, fear and division and vote for a Republican!

    Wake up, folks! The GOP is all about using you to benefit the wealthy of this country!

    March 2, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. John

    Bring back the "progressive tax" system and let the wealthy people pay their fair share. The republicans have bankrupt the Middle Class in America to allow the richest few percent to get obscenely richer. The republicans have replaced the American Middle Class with the New American Royalty.

    March 2, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Amanda Parker

    What a gigantic BLANK he is !! After all the earmarks he pushed through for his state and the TAX CUTS in the middle of two wars AND other massive spending - he should be forced to resign.

    March 2, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. aliou

    Firing teachers is unfair when students are poor and can't have the same attention as the others from rich homes at home. I know many rich families with 2 or 3 teachers per child.

    My friend is a teacher in one of those schools. she buys them food and toys because they don't have any. She tryies to give them the books that the others have at home as a routine, that these children from poor home dont have.

    She spends almost a quarter of her salaries in class room material and equalization gifts (as she calls them.). And of course, she has to give to the other children too, if not, they would be envious or think she doesn't love them.

    March 2, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Todd

    If bunning had opposed the bush debalcels and the trillions he added to the economy, both for his ill concieved tax cheating scam and his illegal war, if bunning had not joined the republicon filibuster two weeks ago to kill a committee that was tasked with budget reduction and debt reduction, then he could claim principles. As it is he is just a hypocrit who would threaten to starve Amrican children to make a petty political point. He is a disgrace, just like the party whose views he so clearly exmplifies. republicon leaders were not mad about what bunning was doing because it was bad for the country, they just don't want the public reminded of what the republicon party REALLY is again before the mid term elections. The bush years pounded home what republicons really stand for, but Americans have a short attention span and conservatives have a massive and loud propaganda network on television, print and radio. bunning is undoing all their beautiful evil.

    March 2, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Tina Marie

    Why dosen't anyone ask where we get the money to help out other countrie's ? ( I remember reading we sent Hati 1trillion $$$ ) But, yet to help our own people we have to here just how messed up our government is and why so many Americans just laugh and think our govenment is nothing but a JOKE !!! And the more I listen to the news ETC>>>> I agree. When I walk out a Walmart store and see homeless people begging for money, Thats not America thats a third world country, I say give back to the hard working Americians that give you yor pork belly money. And take a walk for a day in our shoes, Just like the new T.V. program where company presidents and C E O's are working in their company's just to see what is going on. We middle class Americians deserve to be respected .

    March 2, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    FISCAL HAWKS: Where were you during 2000-2008???

    March 2, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Stallion

    This was not a filibuster CNN.....get your terms straight. What Senator Bunning did by voting no was to keep out deficit lower. It is something that MUST continue starting NOW and forever. He is to be commended

    March 2, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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