June 18th, 2010
07:15 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP filibusters wide-ranging benefits and tax bill in Senate

(CNN) - Senate Democrats failed Thursday to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment benefits and prevent Medicare doctors from having their reimbursements cut.

All Republicans opposed ending debate on the wide-ranging bill, forcing further negotiations on specific provisions to seek a possible compromise.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained Republicans were simply stalling progress on the bill, and he and other Democratic leaders said the GOP filibuster showed Republicans were aligned with special interests such as oil companies and Wall Street hedge funds.

In floor debate, Republicans proposed using money from the stimulus bill to pay for provisions of the bill, but Democrats objected. Republicans complained that the bill would increase the deficit, a concern shared by some Democrats.

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  1. Michael in Orlando

    As the party of No, does anyone really believe that if they go back and discuss it more that the Republicans will actually vote okay?

    Experience dictates from past actions that the Republicans will talk talk talk talk and agreements will be reached and they will still say NO>

    June 18, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. jp,michigan

    In this day and age, with the unemployed so high , still at 9.7%. Americans can't be choosy. Many of the jobs given to illegal immigrants should be now take by Americans. Stop enabling them by continuation of government subsidy. Socializm takes money from where ever (whether it's there or not) and eventually there is nothing more to give. We cnnot afford to continue down this path, for eventually we to will be faced with bankrupcy. And those who have will sit back enjoy life!

    June 18, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Bob in SC

    The "NO" Party is becoming a real drag. They have their Big Business, selfish agenda, and that's all they care about. Completely bught and paid for by corporations. They are doing all they can to continue the destruction of the Middle Class that Bush began,

    June 18, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. mike

    oh let me get this right for all you uneducated tea baggers out there
    the republicans that claim that they are on your side like scotty me
    boy brown just stuck to your doctor if you are getting that social
    government benefits called medicare this is great keep doing a good
    job in cutting your on throat I love people who are stupid and for the
    jobless that just lost there benefits listen to rush he can teach you
    how to dumpers dive for food just don't leave the trash on the ground
    when you are finish

    June 18, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Zaggs

    another spending bill that doesn't have to comply with the Dims "vaunted PayGo rules.
    Thing Reid and Obama want to keep lying about is part of the savings from Obamacare relied on the reimbursement cut staying in place. With the Doc Fix not taking place Obamacare adds to the deficit. Another inconvenient truth Obama doesn't want you to hear but was confirmed by the CBO.

    June 18, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Filibusters are nothing but a delaying tactic. The bills still pass, anyway, thanks to the dictatorship of the Democratic party.

    June 18, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. t22

    Harry Reid will have to explain how restricting more spending means Republicans are aligned with oil companies. Where does Reid think this money comes from?

    June 18, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Upset in VA Still

    Republicans are doing it again. Someone needs to explain to my what are theses people are supposed to when their benefits run out. I hear that there is hiring going on but no one is getting hired unless they already have a job. I understand there are some that are worried about the deficit, but what about the American people that are hurting because of what the Republicans did in the 8 yrs they had control. The state of the American economy is their fault and they are still up to their old tricks and games to keep money in their rich friends pockets. The Democrats should be working for the people and listening to the idiots I call Republicans. When crime starts to rise and your rich friends start to get robbed and killed for what they have you Republicans have no one to blame but yourselves. The deficit is your Fault.

    June 18, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Augsbee

    Businesses hiring/Jobs is what we, people buying and businesses selling products, services is what we need not people sitting at home waiting for a government check ( okay, so there are many out there who don't like to work and are happy, love living on government checks and will push Congress to continue mailing them checks and give them all kinds of freebies ) but most of our country wants to work. Businesses need money in order to hire, people need money to start businesses, this is where the money should be going.

    June 18, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Dave

    My wife is on social security disability for mutiple sclerosis and uses medicare. While we have no trouble finding doctors right now that take medicare I am afraid that this will become a hardship if the 21% reduction goes into effect. Why is this such a no brainer? Are doctors making too much? Maybe thats true but to penalize the disability and senior patients just to make a political point seems a little stupid.

    Remember republicans, my wife and I are voters and we will remember this in the fall.

    June 18, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Let's put the republicans on unemployment in November. Cut out all their freebies and see how they like it.

    June 18, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    Good. The government needs to stop the ever increasing deficit spending or our country is never going the recover!

    June 18, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. BillE

    So whats new. The GOP has an uncontrolable need to say NO. They scream about the cost of health care and and the American working man and then they pull this. They even said the the government was trying to shakedown BP. They've got nothing, so I guess this is all they can do.

    June 18, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Publius13

    The GOP will not be satisfied until they have killed the recovery, which they will then attempt to hang around the necks of the President and Congress. If they succeed in that deception, they will then proceed to resume their assault on the country's fiscal health by further tax cuts for the rich and corporations. That is the Republican modus operandi since 1980 and that is the path they will continue to follow so long as Fox, the TEA patsies, and the right wing keep on keeping on.

    June 18, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Ben in Texas

    The Party of No filibusters, and the beat goes on.

    June 18, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. katiec

    Of course the republican are for big business, even at the sacrifice of the American people, Their voting record proves this and now are obstructing finance reform.They are against raising funds to cover the drilling diaster. They have time and time again voted against extension of unemployment.
    They are a political party of Wall St, and are willing to support their personal gains, goals over the survival of us and our country.
    They are on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    June 18, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Seattle Sue

    GOP=Party first, citizens maybe 9 or 10 on the list. I think it was early April the Southern Republicans had a convention in New Orleans and they were saying stop government bail outs, less government, keep government out of their business and anything else they can complain about Obama. Now that they have this oil disaster they want all the help they can get and complain how slow government is in helping them. I agree we need all the help available for this oil disaster, but these Republicans are so hypocritical.

    June 18, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. marxist dogs are out of control

    Part of the Obama/CNN case for the health care debacle was that the doctor's reimubursement WOULD be cut. Then Obama and the Dems decide not to cut. This is fraud that borders on treason.

    June 18, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Pragmatic

    So the GOP ( who happily quoted Reagan's statement that "deficits don't matter) are now happily cutting unemployment benefits and making sure doctors will drop Medicare patients? Why do republicans hate average Americans so much?

    June 18, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Mark from Louisiana

    Why wasn't the Medicaid doctor fix included in the health care bill.....ohhhhhhhhhhhh it would have made the bill not deficit neutral, it would have put it billions in the hole.

    The dems refused to help the doctors then, now they go ballistic when the conservatives do the same thing.

    Time to replace all these idiots

    June 18, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. seebofubar

    Shut up Harry Reid and start working on job creation and stop handing out other peoples money! Look at the facts, when unemployment runs out people find jobs at a much higher rate then if still on unemployment...tell you something?

    June 18, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Rick Reid

    Wow. What a surprise. I am so sick and tired of the Republican tactics that I hope that somewhere there lies the sense to get rid of them in the next election.

    Anything to benefit the citizens of this country they are against, it is so obvious. I can't believe there are people crazy enough to vote for them. It's all about money to them and the hell with us. It's totally sickening.

    Anything to do with defense or big business, it's ok to spend, spend spend. But to help our own citizen, hell no we can't spend on that type of thing.

    I think they forget that is the citizens that make this country. If it wasn't for the worker's in these big businesses and our troops in the defense, this country would be nothing!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Dean

    Republicans aligned with special interests such as oil companies and Wall Street hedge funds. Nothing new here the GOP is trying to destroy this country.

    June 18, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Darko

    How are they aligned with special groups if they're proposing to use the stimulus money (money that goes to special interest groups for the most part) to pay for this? Looks like Harry has it backwards on this again. I guess the pulled the wrong 'GOP canned response' card from his pocket.

    You're an idiot if you think the republicans are in Wall Street's pocket. Their contributions to Dems far outweigh those to the GOP. Just because you talk down and pass legislation doesn't mean you're holding anyone accountable. Especially when that legislation is written by those same special interest groups with loop holes built in. Alah the healthcare and financial 'reform' bills.

    June 18, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Don of Iowa

    With the extremely high numbers of unemployed and how badly states are financially will lead to this coming back to the Bigot Republicans this fall and cut their hoped for increase in numbers to the bone, in fact if Americans have a brain and decide to use it the foul vile Republicans will lose seats in both houses this fall and the decrease would be major, like less than 10 Republicans in either house, but then most Americans are not very bright so who knows.

    June 18, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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