He’s not ready to stand for 13 hours again, yet, but Sen. Rand
Paul does intend a silent procedural filibuster against new Senate
gun control legislation, along with Texas’ Ted Cruz and Utah’s Mike
Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are threatening to
filibuster gun-control legislation, according to a letter they plan
to hand-deliver to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office on
“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that
will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the
three conservatives wrote in a copy of the signed letter obtained
Conservatives are concerned that once that bill reaches the
floor, amendments could stiffen restrictions on gun control.
Moreover, they understand that Reid intends to allow liberal
amendments that would limit clip capacity and ban certain assault
weapons to be offered — even though they would be defeated — to
give Democrats a chance to vote on them. For moderate Democrats in
competitive states, that amounts to an opportunity to vote no and
show allegiance to gun rights.
Though they don’t use the word “filibuster” in the letter, the
conservatives are leaving no doubt that they would filibuster on an
initial procedural question — the motion to proceed.
As Huffington Post ;explains, this would be the
less-dramatic form of filibuster, looking:
much different than Paul’s channeling of “Mr. Smith Goes To
Washington.” In fact, it won’t look anything at all like his prior
effort. Under Senate rules, if Reid can’t get broad bipartisan
support to move to debate a bill, he needs unanimous consent. Paul
and Cruz are threatening to withhold that consent, which launches a
Backers of filibuster reform have ;argued
previously ;that, at a minimum, Reid should eliminate the
ability to filibuster a motion to proceed. ;Reid
declined ;the opportunity, but has since expressed
frustration that gridlock continues.
to proceed to consider.”