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Udall and the filibuster

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By Hal Rhodes

Congressional Republicans show all the signs of an unhappy lot.
The huffing and puffing, the chips on shoulders, pouting and hissy fits, all these and more bespeak a collection of men and women loath to do what they were sent to Washington to do.
Better tantrums and filibusters, it would seem, that the difficult tasks of tending to the people’s business.
It must be maddening to work with people like that, especially for anyone interested in getting their work done.
New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall spoke to that frustration last week on the Senate floor when he said, “New Mexicans want a government that works.
The American people want a government that works. And they’re tired of waiting.”
Who can blame them? The Republican reactionaries who control the U.S. House of Representatives sit idly by as those automatic budget cuts, aka, “sequestration,” grind mercilessly down upon the nation.
We’re months into it now and that which passes oxymoronically for “leadership” in the House majority party seems not to care one whit, without so much as pretending to dither.


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