More Party Of No: Sen. Jim DeMint Says He’ll Block All Legislation He Doesn’t Clear
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint says he’ll put a hold on all legislation not cleared by his office.
Any senator can place a hold to block legislation – and overcoming that would require the Senate to take time-consuming steps to invoke cloture, which would require 60 votes.
With the Senate slated to adjourn Thursday untiil after the elections, DeMint’s stance could mean trouble for Democrats if the two parties don’t quickly agree on a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating past Sept. 30. And that could mean the demise of a slew of other stalled and largely non-controversial bills that both parties are looking to clear before Election Day.
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