Sen. DeMint: "There's More Bipartisanship Than We Need In The Senate"

January 04, 2011 5:39 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

After setting a new filibuster record in the last Congress, leading Senate Republicans are now resisting efforts to reform the Senate rules. In an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show today, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-OK) explained that partisan obstructionism isn't really a problem. "You don't get $14 trillion in debt when there's gridlock," he said. "I mean, there's more bipartisanship than we need in the Senate."

HANNITY: What do you make of the Democrats, current Democrats, who voted against changing the cloture rules saying that they're some of the most sacred rules of the Senate, now they're demanding a change in the cloture rules?

DEMINT: Well, over 90 percent of the legislation and nominations go through the Senate now, Sean, by unanimous consent. And you don't get $14 trillion in debt when there's gridlock. I mean, there's more bipartisanship than we need in the Senate. But they don't like it, Republicans or Democrats, when someone says, okay, you're not gonna have unanimous consent, we're gonna bring this bill to the floor and debate it. They don't like that. They call it a "hold." It's not a hold, we're just asking for full disclosure of what this nominee or this legislation is about, and they wanna take that away. They wanna make it easier just to pass things without the required debate time that the Senate used to be known for. I would be surprised if even these progressive Democrats would vote for that because the House is gonna stop anything we pass with Republicans over there, and then when Republicans have the majority in two years, Democrats will regret they did it.

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