Urgent: DeMint threatens to object to Joint Session on the 7th
Per FNC’s Chad Pergram-Capitol Hill
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has just threatened to COMPLETELY throw a monkey wrench into everything…by threatening to object to any effort to hold a Joint Session on the 7th. By objecting to the consideration of a resolution on the 7th, he would in effect be filibustering and force Senate leaders to file a cloture petition (which needs 60 votes) just to hold the session on the 7th.
This is in fact unprecedented. Usually such resolutions are a rote, ministerial effort.
Not this time.
Greenville, S.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the President’s request to speak before a joint session of Congress on September 7th. The House and Senate would need to pass a resolution inviting the President to speak. “The President should pick another night. I’m planning to watch the Republican primary debate on the evening of September 7, and the President should watch it too. He will hear job creation ideas that don’t involve more wasteful stimulus spending. And he’ll hear ideas that don’t include job-destroying tax hikes. Frankly, we’ve had enough speeches from the President. If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a teleprompter. If he insists on playing politics by picking the night of the GOP debate, I will object to the session.”
U.S. House of Representatives