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Elizabeth Warren Silenced By Republicans For Quoting Coretta Scott King!

 
 
Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2017 11:53 pm
During the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, Elizabeth Warren was speaking and was quoting a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 opposing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions when he was up for a lower Federal Court. Sessions did not get confirmed back then. Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority Leader, instructed Senator Warren during this reading to sit down immediately and stop talking under some obscure Senate rule because she was "impugning" Sessions. Senator Warren will not be allowed to say another word in the Jeff Sessions debate.

In this new Senate, no quoting of Coretta Scott King is allowed-way too radical. Following is the text of the letter by Coretta Scott King that Senator Warren was reading before McConnell shut her down:

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roger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 12:17 am
@Blickers,
I am speechless.
McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 08:16 am
@roger,
You are speechless because the Senate has rules? Or that Senator Warren decided to break them and was shut for doing so?

Rules of the Senate Rule XIX

Quote:
1. (a) When a Senator desires to speak, he shall rise and address the Presiding Officer, and shall not proceed until he is recognized, and the Presiding Officer shall recognize the Senator who shall first address him. No Senator shall interrupt another Senator in debate without his consent, and to obtain such consent he shall first address the Presiding Officer, and no Senator shall speak more than twice upon any one question in debate on the same legislative day without leave of the Senate, which shall be determined without debate.

(b) At the conclusion of the morning hour at the beginning of a new legislative day or after the unfinished business or any pending business has first been laid before the Senate on any calendar day, and until after the duration of three hours of actual session after such business is laid down except as determined to the contrary by unanimous consent or on motion without debate, all debate shall be germane and confined to the specific question then pending before the Senate.

2. No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

3. No Senator in debate shall refer offensively to any State of the Union.

4. If any Senator, in speaking or otherwise, in the opinion of the Presiding Officer transgress the rules of the Senate the Presiding Officer shall, either on his own motion or at the request of any other Senator, call him to order; and when a Senator shall be called to order he shall take his seat, and may not proceed without leave of the Senate, which, if granted, shall be upon motion that he be allowed to proceed in order, which motion shall be determined without debate. Any Senator directed by the Presiding Officer to take his seat, and any Senator requesting the Presiding Officer to require a Senator to take his seat, may appeal from the ruling of the Chair, which appeal shall be open to debate.

5. If a Senator be called to order for words spoken in debate, upon the demand of the Senator or of any other Senator, the exceptionable words shall be taken down in writing, and read at the table for the information of the Senate.

6. Whenever confusion arises in the Chamber or the galleries, or demonstrations of approval or disapproval are indulged in by the occupants of the galleries, it shall be the duty of the Chair to enforce order on his own initiative and without any point of order being made by a Senator.

7. No Senator shall introduce to or bring to the attention of the Senate during its sessions any occupant in the galleries of the Senate. No motion to suspend this rule shall be in order, nor may the Presiding Officer entertain any request to suspend it by unanimous consent.

8. Former Presidents of the United States shall be entitled to address the Senate upon appropriate notice to the Presiding Officer who shall thereupon make the necessary arrangements.


Is this really a rule you want to abolish?
George
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 08:29 am
If Sessions were not a Senator, I assume the letter could have been quoted
during the confirmation hearing.
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maporsche
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 09:49 am
The letter was finished later in the hearing by Senator Tom Udall. He wasn't silenced. Wonder why.
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maporsche
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 09:51 am
@McGentrix,
McGentrix wrote:

You are speechless because the Senate has rules? Or that Senator Warren decided to break them and was shut for doing so?

Is this really a rule you want to abolish?


Speechless because Senator Warren didn't break the rules.
George
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 10:23 am
I think that technically she did.
The rule says "directly or indirectly" and "by any form of words". This would
include quoting a letter.
maporsche
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 10:24 am
@George,
George wrote:

I think that technically she did.
The rule says "directly or indirectly" and "by any form of words". This would
include quoting a letter.


If Jeff Sessions finds his actions offensive, maybe he should not have taken those actions.

Tom Udall finished the letter, why wasn't he silenced?

Also, I'm certain I've heard senators say much more offensive things about other senators on the senate floor than anything found in CSK's letter.
George
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 10:33 am
@maporsche,
I doubt Sessions finds his actions offensive.

If Tom Udall quoted anything covered by the rule, then he was also in
violation. Same for "the much more offensive things" by other senators.

All I'm saying is that Elizabeth Warren most likely broke the rule. I am not
saying they did not.

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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 10:46 am
I'm enjoying the coverage this is getting because of Mr. McConnell's actions.

If he'd just let her read the letter, no one would have known about it.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 11:07 am
@ehBeth,
It always works that way. In Senate session only the wonks who read the Congressional Record on line would know. The news guys would probably just do "below the fold" interpretation.

It fails NOT to disclose the guy Sessions had been
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revelette1
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 01:45 pm
@ehBeth,
Yeah, it was a dumb political move and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He usually ends up on top of most anything..
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 01:51 pm
Maybe someone can write a letter about Senator Warrens Indian heritage and then another Senator can read it aloud when she gets nominated for whatever it is tht drives her.
maporsche
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 01:52 pm
@McGentrix,
/offtopic

(but I understand you wanting to change the subject)
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woiyo
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 02:01 pm
@maporsche,
Maybe these clowns in the Senate can stop playing games and actually do the business they were elected to do. Stalling and using precious time is a waste of our taxpayer dollars. She is an embarrassment to the State of Mass.
maporsche
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 02:06 pm
@woiyo,
woiyo wrote:

...do the business they were elected to do. Stalling and using precious time


I have a feeling that this is exactly what her supporters elected her to do.
George
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 02:11 pm
@maporsche,
The Democrats had eight years of the Republicans blocking and obstructing
at every turn. Now they will return the favor for at least the next four
years. And if we then get a Democratic president, can you guess what's
going to happen?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 02:15 pm
@George,
George wrote:
And if we then get a Democratic president, can you guess what's going to happen?
A Republican senator will get silenced after having read for eight hours the tweets of the first three weeks of former president Trump?
George
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 02:30 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
He might need more than eight hours.
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Miller
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2017 04:55 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

Republican senator will get silenced after having read for eight hours the tweets of the first three weeks of former president Trump?


No, the group will be entertained by the films showing Obama on his water skis, or if need be movie shorts produced by Obama's daughter during her "movie" internship with Harvey Firestone while jet setting in NYCity.

Who knew that Obama loved mixing with the "ELITES" of the US?

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