The Senate’s trademark civility got a little frayed late into the evening Thursday. After midnight, and fourteen hours of debate on often procedural matters, there were still 26 amendments on the desk.
Charleston’s Robert Ford asked unanimous consent for leave to go home and someone objected. He shot back, “You can object till hell freezes over, but I don’t feel well and I’m leaving,” which drew plenty of laughter. He left but others remained to contend with amendments being crafted into the early morning. Many were shot down as soon as they were introduced.
(Senator Jake Knotts threatened a “real” filibuster MP3)
Knotts threatens his own filibuster
(Majority Leader Peeler urges members to move on MP3)
Majority Leader urges against frivolous amendments MP3
After about 17 hours of debate, the balanced budget passed. The Senate reconvenes Tuesday.