DeMint, GOP seek to ‘run out the clock’ in Senate, DADT repeal could fall victim to delay

Sen. Jim DeMint (center) seeks to stall action in the Senate.

UPDATE: On MSNBC: Joe Lieberman is calling on Harry Reid to push back the START Treaty vote and go directly to DADT repeal on Saturday night, which is the deadline for passing the omnibus spending bill.

ORIGINAL POST: Senate Republicans, led by Jim DeMint, will attempt to bring the chamber to a halt today by demanding that the omnibus spending bill be read in its entirety on the floor, which will be a round the clock process since the bill is so long, it took two days to print it. From The Hill, Jim DeMint makes plain what he’s up to:

“If they bring this up, they’re going to read it. It’ll take them a day or two to read it,” DeMint said on Fox News. “Again, we’re trying to run out the clock. They should not be able to pass this kind of legislation in a lame-duck Congress.”

DeMint had threatened to try the same tactic with the START treaty, but he ultimately backed off that threat. He has pledged not to back down this time.

Among the casualties of the “run out the clock” strategy could be DADT repeal, which now has 61 votes in favor, but may fall victim to Father Time (and his nasty uncle, Jim DeMint…)

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