Kentucky Senator Throws Uncertainty Over Fate of Postal Reform Bill

NAPS: S. 1789 Update: Doubt cast on future of the bill

Within minutes of the start of Senate consideration of postal legislation, the horrors of the Senate’s dysfunctional rules swallowed up debate on the postal measure this afternoon.

After nearly three-quarters of the Senate voted this morning to move ahead to consider postal legislation, one Senator — Rand Paul (R-KY) — threw uncertainty over the fate of the bill.  Paul insisted upon his right to offer an amendment to the postal bill that reduces American foreign aid to Egypt, an amendment permitted under the wide-open amendment rules in the Senate.

The Democratic majority had intended to secure Republican waiver of the rule and limit amendments to only relevant ones.  The disagreement (by one Senator alone) scuttled the majority’s plan. That could mean that  the Senate stays gridlocked in procedural wrangling on unrelated amendments, and potentially unable to reach cloture (60 votes) cutting off debate.  That would prevent postal legislation from coming to the floor.

Negotiations at the leadership level are proceeding on a potential set of amendments (by both Democrats and Republicans) that the Senate could consider.  This could include a straight-up vote on going to five-day delivery that Sen. McCain indicated this afternoon he wants to offer.

12 thoughts on “Kentucky Senator Throws Uncertainty Over Fate of Postal Reform Bill

  1. lastbesthope, your statement is as ignorant as your logo. Small minded individuals will always be among us I just hope we as a nation can live up to the ideals that were set in motion back in the 1770’s. We have not attained those goals as of 2012 but I believe lastbesthope’s example makes us all uncomfortable enough to choose to be better people and better AMERICANS. I hope lastbesthope rots in hell.

  2. lastbesthope……whats your point? Are you saying Obama is not only responsible for the deficit but also the demise of the Post Office? Are you comparing the War to Obama’s attempt to keep the economy going? Im sure no one here, who works for a living, agrees with bailing the Banks out, however wrong that was does not compare to War! Your a Dick!

  3. The “chimp”?….liberals are so classy.

    “As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

    According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

    The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

    The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.”

  4. Jonesy….look at it this way, I remember reading that the War cost approx 3 billion dollars a week (or a month? WTF) Who started the “Mission Accomplished?” You guessed it…the Chimp! Lets stop the war for a couple of months and there you have it…..the Post Office is saved!

  5. PDXPat…it is you and your ilk that are the shitbirds here, and for the record I am neither a D or R so you can take your labels and shove them. You ef’n morons on the left are just pathetic. I do take note that neither you or your idiotic cheerleader Hello can’t refute anything I said so STFU Bozo!

  6. The culprit here is Harry Reid who is paid for by the NALC who will do whatever it takes to keep Sat delivery.

    Reid wanted an excuse to stop debate and got one when Rand Paul wanted to include “non-relevant” admendments to the debate. Reid said no, only “relevant” amendments would be permitted. Rand Paul then “objected” to that approach. Reid then effectively ordered the Bill back to committee and in less than 5 minutes it was over for S.1789

    An orchestrated ploy to NOT VOTE has been used to escape the burden of making a decsion on the USPS debt.

    They’ll try again on Thurs AM but IMO it’s a show. Reid will not let Saturday delivery get voted on ’cause the NALC says NO WAY.

  7. Jonesy…..have to agree with PDXpat! Take another Pain Pill and say hello to Rush Limbaugh for Me!

  8. Rand Paul’s an ignorant freak. If he had his way, the government would shrink down so small that he’d be the only official left. He and his daddy. How he found so many suckers in the back hills of Kentucky to ignore their moonshine long enough to go vote is amazing.

  9. Jonesy get your ideological head out of your ass. Take your unhelpful comments back to your manager’s meeting where they belong. Nobody on the workroom floor wants to hear from right wing pieces of dung like you. Go play with your guns and ammo, and try not to shoot any of your kids while you’re screwing the other guys wife next door.

  10. This has been going on for years…so what! Both parties do this all the time, deal with with it dumbass clerk. You morons on the left all of a sudden have the absurd expectation that this wouldn’t happen…it just proves your insane! It is shitbirds like you that have voted for this Mr. 5Day delivery president in from the get go that are to blame for the entire mess. The PAEA could not have passed without the democrats(..and NALC supporting it) voting for it. So bag your crying act!

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