Sanders and Brown Mount an Actual Filibuster (Sort of) Against the Tax Deal

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Sanders and Brown Mount an Actual Filibuster (Sort of) Against the Tax Deal

Slate – The well of the Senate right now is home to something resembling an actual filibuster, an extended debated, mounted against the tax cut deal. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are trading off time, which looked very necessary after two hours of speaking from Sanders left him visibly more tired. Michael Bennet of Colorado, who made his Senate bid this year all about the inability of the institution to get anything done, is presiding.

Sanders and Brown have, so far, hit the same points they've been making in frenzied TV appearances. Sanders is finding plenty of ways to make the same arguments. "We're all interested in the winners and losers," he said. "Patriots, Red Sox, who won the game? Who's the winner, who's the loser? In this economy, the richest 1 percent are the winners." He also threatened to do this again: "If it means staying through Christmas eve," Sanders said, "through New Years, that is our job."

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