Bernie Sanders Spoke For Over Eight Hours Opposing Tax Deal

Generally when there is a planned filibuster the Senators are not required to actually take the floor unless there are sixty votes to stop them, but Bernie Sanders took this seriously. He spoke on the Senate floor for over eight hours. At times the Senate chamber was empty but “Senate video servers had shut down after more than 12,000 people tried to tune in to his speech on their website.”

When Bill Clinton decided to campaign in favor of the deal, who would have guessed someone would wind up talking even longer than him.

I’m sure glad that both Houses of Congress passed the Medicare “doc-fix” before Sanders started speaking. 
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    Addiction Analyst says:

    I only wish that our President had the same ethical convictions witnessed in Senator Sanders’ filibuster.  There are some areas where compromise isn’t an option.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    There was no choice other than compromise when Congress decided against taking up the issue before the election as Obama wanted. Obama got quite a bit of concessions from the Republicans on this, which is the best we could have hoped for at this point.

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