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Dirty Harry & Tyranny in the U.S. Senate

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Brian Darling, Senior Fellow for Government Studies at the Heritage Foundation, shares “The REALLY, Real, Deal with Brother Craig the Hatchet Man” about “Tryanny in the U.S. Senate”, a recently released white paper exposing Senator Harry Reid’s abusive restriction of senatorial debate.  The Senate body’s long history has traditionally allowed all Senators to participate by extending debate and offering unlimited numbers of amendments.  Although the Founders envisioned the Senate as a slow and deliberative legislative body, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments.  While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid uses it quite often; more than all of his predecessors combined.  According to Brian Darling’s report, this tactic, combined with another parliamentary maneuver and demonization of the filibuster, threatens to squelch dissent in the Senate and further constrict the national debate on important political issues.  Listen in to learn how the Senate can better serve the American people and how Harry’s use of this tactic can end.  To review the white paper, “Tyranny in the United States Senate” go to http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/06/tyranny-in-the-united-states-senate?query=Tyranny+in+the+United+States+Senate.

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