Senate Democrats left two days of legislative business
officially open last week, hobbling GOP efforts to bring up a bill
punishing a liberal California city for scolding Marine Corps
Republicans said Democrats clearly wanted to avoid being forced to
choose between the Marine Corps or Berkeley, Calif., known for its
liberalism and fervent anti-war positions.
Instead of adjourning at the end of a day as usual, the Senate
“recessed” twice, a move that, under Senate rules, slows the process of
adding new bills to the calendar. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
did not adjourn until last Friday, effectively pushing back floor
consideration on the GOP bill until Tuesday — the same day that the
city council is likely to tone down its call for Marine Corps
recruiters to leave town.
“The only reason to recess is to block something, and the thing that
got blocked by Reid’s stall tactic was the Semper Fi Act,” said
spokesman Wesley Denton, referring to the bill introduced by his boss,
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
“Democrats have chosen not to defend the Marine Corps, but to pander
to anti-war protesters and Berkeley officials that are actively trying
to impede military recruitment.”