Sen. Sherrod Brown Calls Out Sen. Vitter For Obstruction

February 23, 2010 6:11 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) took to the Senate floor today and complained that Democrats were shutting Republicans out of the legislative process by not allowing their amendments into some pieces of legislation.    

VITTER: The fact that every Republican idea, every Republican amendment is just being shut out is really frustrating, even angering to me, as a Republican.  But the issue isn't Republican-Democrat, the issue is, What's good and right for the American people? [...] I came to the Senate hearing that this was the body of full open debate. Full open consideration of amendments.  Problem is - my experience here in the 5 years has been anything but.

Either Vitter has not been paying attention to what has been happening in the Senate during the past 13 months, or he is being willfully disingenuous.  In fact, his pleas for debate are meaningless when you consider that Vitter, as a matter of routine, votes against bringing legislation up to the floor for debate.  Just yesterday, Vitter voted against cloture on the jobs bill and yet today, he has the audacity to blame Democrats for stifling debate.   

Sen. Sherrod Brown, who in recent months has become famous for his rebuttals of Republican talking points, took Vitter to task for his claim that Democrats were not allowing debate.