Lindsey Graham tries to blame Reid for GOP’s record filibusters

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:58 EDT
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Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t willing give Senate Republicans all of the blame for their record number of filibusters in the 110th Congress. Graham implied that Majority Leader Harry Reid deserved some of the blame by allowing so many bills and refusing Republican amendments.

When asked about the GOP’s use of the filibuster, Graham said, “Harry Reid put more bills in — into the hopper and filled up the tree, shedding out Republican amendments than anybody I know of but we’re all in this together.”

The senior Senator from South Carolina quickly changed the subject to national security. “I will meet the president more than halfway and help him close Guantanamo Bay, only if he creates a legal system to make us safe and keep this enemy off the battlefield in a transparent way living within our values,” Graham told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday.

“So I think we need to stop all this fighting among ourselves and direct our fight toward our enemies,” concluded Graham.

Republican used the filibuster 112 times in the 110th Congress. The filibuster was used 54 times in the 109th Congress.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 14, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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