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   The do-nothing Senate

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11/11/2009 12:00 pm

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Harold Meyerson

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Washington Post

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Entered 11/23/2009, Updated 11/23/2009

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The House has delivered. It has done what in American politics today is all but impossible: It has passed a major bill. Now health care goes to the Senate. The world's greatest deliberative body. The other side of Capitol Hill. Dithering Heights. A catastrophic change has overtaken the Senate in recent years. Initially conceived as the body that would cool the passions of the House and consider legislation with a more Olympian perspective, the Senate has become a body that shuns debate, avoids legislative give-and-take, proceeds glacially and produces next to nothing. The problem, in part, is that Republicans have routinized the filibuster. They have given their leader, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, the power to bring virtually all legislation to a halt. Earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked consideration of an extension of unemployment insurance. When they finally let it come to a vote, the measure passed 98 to 0.


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