Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said yesterday that after Republicans once again filibustered a bill to allow domestic aid programs, including extended unemployment benefits, Democrats have given up. Reid said, "We're going to move to the small business jobs bill. We can't pass it until we get some Republicans... It's up to them." There are a majority of votes for this in the Senate - more than 50 out of the 100 senators - but Republicans are using the filibuster, which requires 60 votes, on every single piece of legislation of any consequence - something that's never been done before in the history of this nation, all the way back to George Washington. This is part of their declared strategy to destroy the Democratic Party and Obama Presidency by obstructing any progressive legislation whatsoever, throwing the nation even further into crisis, for which they will blame Obama and the Democrats. The Democrats only way out of this is to use the so-called "nuclear option" and change Senate rules to modify or eliminate the filibuster, but it's pretty clear that neither the President nor Harry Reid - the two people who would be necessary to push for this in order for it to happen - have the guts to make it happen.
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The coal country state of West Virginia is in the middle of a special legislative session to deal with a $270 million budget shortfall, and it's setting the stage for Republicans to completely gut the state's government.
It's the same playbook we've seen the right-wing carry out in Wisconsin, in Kansas, in Michigan, and in Ohio.