We’re not saying that Marco Rubio is as dumb as a stump (we’re totally saying that he’s as dumb as a box of rocks), but Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie explains to us how this brainiac is gumming up the works:
NDAA MESS — The Senate burned yet another day of precious floor time without a breakthrough on the defense bill stalemate yesterday, and senators haven’t taken a roll-call vote since Monday. Just like the CR, NDAA is in “wait and see” mode.
A tentative agreement to vote on 25 amendments to the NDAA quickly fell apart late Wednesday night over a dispute about Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) Uyghur forced labor amendment. It’s a bit wonky, but here goes: Senior House Democrats say the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year, has a blue-slip problem because it generates revenue and therefore must originate in the House, according to the Constitution. So attaching it to the NDAA would effectively kill the whole underlying bill, Democrats say. Rubio counters that that’s just an excuse for the fact that the House doesn’t want to swallow the amendment: “They wield this blue-slip thing to mean whatever they want it to mean…”
…Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pleaded with Republicans late Wednesday to convince Rubio to back down, adding: “I would ask Marco Rubio to sleep over this tonight.” He called the entire stalemate “sad, tragic, and almost absurd.” A spokesperson for Rubio responds: “Schumer blaming Marco for holding up the NDAA isn’t exactly a way to move forward, especially when Democrats are creating fake procedural excuses to avoid a vote on slave labor.”
When you combine arcane senate rules with a dope like Rubio, well, things are bound to have unintentional consequences. And if anyone thinks that Democrats are in favor of slave labor, well, that’s beyond stuuuuupid.
Meanwhile, nothing else can move through the python that is the Senate.