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Franken Tries to Have GOP Senator Sit Down – As They Did With Warren

Something really awesome, that has flown completely under the radar, happened on the Senate floor yesterday — and you’re going to love this. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) was speaking on behalf of Scott Pruitt’s EPA nomination and said, as Republicans have many times lately, that the only reason Democrats had any objection to Pruitt was not based on record or qualifications but on being mad that they lost the presidential election.

Al Franken (D-MN) jumped up, demanded to be recognized and made a parliamentary inquiry on whether or not he could force Barrasso to take his seat based on Senate Rule 19, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) did to Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on February 7. Franken reasoned that saying Senate Democrats don’t really care about the issues or the American people did indeed violate the rule, which says that “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.”

The Presiding Officer (a Republican) ruled against Franken’s question. Here’s a clip of the whole, wonderful exchange:

Franken then said he was only trying to make a point.

And it’s a valid point that, if McConnell can throw such a fit over Senator Warren simply quoting Ted Kennedy and Coretta Scott King, Democrats should be objecting every day to the ongoing Republican attacks on their motives.

Yes, Democrats are relatively powerless in the Senate right now, but Franken has been stepping up big time since Trump took office — as have Senators like Schumer, Warren, Brown, Merkley and others.

I thought you should see this.

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