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No unemployment benefits for millionaires? You would think a proposal to cut them off wouldn’t generate much opposition, particularly from Senate Democrats – but you would be wrong.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania figured out how to get a little payback from Senate Majority Leader "Dingy" Harry Reid Wednesday for the czar-like way he runs the Senate. Introduce what are known as “third degree” amendments to must-pass legislation being debated, and when they are ruled out-of-order, appeal the ruling and call for a roll call vote, effectively tying the place up, delaying what is going on, and forcing vulnerable Democrats to cast votes that may hurt them in the next election.

I spoke with Toomey early Wednesday morning, who reminded me that Reid has turned the Senate into a banana-Republic-like institution, changing the rules so he can jam anything through and prevent any Republican from offering any amendment on anything, and pretty much shutting down the entire committee structure. Old Lyndon Johnson ruled the Senate on his terms back in the 1950s, but compared to Harry Reid, LBJ was a first-class piker.Scissors-32x32.png

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