Skip to comments.Senate meeting erupts as Graham clashes with Dems over asylum bill: 'You're not going to take my job
Posted on 08/01/2019 11:13:15 AM PDT by jazusamo
The Senate Judiciary Committee erupted with infighting Thursday as a top Republican lawmaker pushed legislation aimed at crafting new rules for asylum-seekers from Central American countries.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee, faced immediate accusations as he brought up the bill that he was violating Senate rules. In a dispute that quickly got personal, Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the committee was one Democrat shy of having a quorum during a meeting last week and therefore could not advance the bill.
Why even have rules? Feinstein asked rhetorically. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., backed her up, saying, If the majority is willing to break any rule in order to report this bill today, there are no rules.
Graham defended the move, stating the bill had been ready to move forward for seven weeks and Democrats intentionally did not show up last week in an effort to stymie the legislation.
Im not changing the rules, Graham said, noting that the rules allow a majority of the committee to decide to vote.
Graham said that if he allows the Democrats to get their way, the committee becomes irrelevant.
It would be different if I had not tried. For seven weeks I withheld marking up this bill and I got nowhere, Graham said angrily. What youre telling me is I should ignore what you did to me last week. I will not.
In an uncomfortable moment, Graham addressed Leahy directly, stating, Senator Leahy, youve been here a long time. I would never have done this to you, only for Leahy to state that he missed last weeks meeting because a member of my family was being buried.
Graham immediately offered condolences but noted that he had been told Democrats would not show up for political reasons.
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[[[In an uncomfortable moment, Graham addressed Leahy directly, stating, Senator Leahy, youve been here a long time. I would never have done this to you, only for Leahy to state that he missed last weeks meeting because a member of my family was being buried. ]]]
Too bad he didn’t jump in the hole too. Another senate fossil.
Linda growing some balls?
Color me surprised.
Perhaps some of that excess Trump testosterone has leaked over to Lindsey’s Senate office?
Leaky Leahy! Ha, ha
Go after the Dems.
I'd say that ship sailed a long time ago.
because a member of my family was being buried. joins “the dog ate my homework” as the lamest excuse ever.
At Leahy’s age, the last place he should hang around is a funeral. Somebody might think he’s the corpse.
Leaky Leahy and DiFi knew exactly what they were doing, good for Graham.
Really? You surprised. This is a classic McCain tactic. Vote like a lib for 6 1/2 years, and poss as a tough conservative for the other 1 1/2... which just happens to be right around election time. It’s time we make a stand and vote ALL these bums out! Vote out all these phonys, the Teds, Marcos, and Lindsey. It’s been8 years, what the hell has he done but appear on Fox and throws red meat. He is a gay Gowdy!
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Someone here made an observation that he needs a strong male to look to.
It WAS mccain and now it is Trump, they were saying.
Crazier things have happened.
"Why even have laws"?, some Democrats ask.
I would have responded with "So Senator Feinstein, why weren't you here? Did anyone in your family die or were you just playing politics as usual?"
But that's just my winsome personality...
Yes, he gave them seven weeks and not one democrat showed up.
It may be that Graham is finally waking up to who (and what) is on the other side of the aisle. We want to believe that people with a certain level of accomplishment and education are decent people; after all, I and most everyone I know are decent people, right?
When you are dealing with folks that have a radically different definition of what “decent” actually means, you get surprised and offended sometimes that _________ would even be CAPABLE of doing _________, let alone going to _____________ as the first option... maybe Kavanaugh and some of the other crap he’s seen first hand over the last 2+ years is getting to him.
That could be.
But I do think that combined with Trump has changed him.
Or maybe i’m completely wrong :)
Can that be verified?
Flimsey Grahamnesty is up for election in 2020, he’s trying to appear to be on the side of the citizens.
As soon as he is re-elected, he’ll be right back to trying to pass the amnesty he’s been working on since 2006.
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