Jeff Sessions: Senator Paul's Amendments Routinely Ignored by the Majority LeaderSubmitted by Bryan Paul on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:18
Most of them don't even see the light of day on the Senate floor!
In an exchange between Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) regarding potential Senate rule changes that could be enacted tomorrow, Sessions recounted how Senator Paul's proposed Amendments are routinely shot down by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prior to even reaching the Senate floor.
Merkley replied that Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, has the same power over Democrat-proposed Amendments.
Sessions answered with a great argument: Minority and Majority leaders are NOT constitutionally recognized positions. No one Senator should have any power over any other Senator to destroy amendments before they see the light of day and are voted on by the Senate. Every proposed Amendment by a Senator elected by the American people has equal footing. (No offense to his good friend Mitch McConnell of course, because Senators are always so polite on the floor - sometimes I wish they weren't!).
Democrats are seeking to codify the power of the Majority Leader in a written rule tomorrow, among other changes including an end to the "secret" fillibuster. Sessions argued that the Senate "should not codify in the rules power to a super senator".
The relevant debate starts around 2PM Eastern (roughly 2:04 in the video, till about 2:30).
2:16 - 2:19 for Sessions comment on Rand Paul
2:20 for Udall on simple majority rule changes and Sessions response
2:25 - 2:36 for Sessions on "super senator" power