ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:
In the face of mounting criticism about his opposition to the 9/11 bill, is Sen. Tom Coburn backing down?
The Oklahoma Republican just posted a seven-page document on his website outlining why he opposes it.
Coburn said the bill
In particular, Coburn stated, the bill
A Democratic aide who read over the document denounced it as
And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office promptly sent out a press release from the Oklahoma City Firefighters Association calling on senators to
The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on the 9/11 bill sometime tomorrow after the final vote on START. New York Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer say they have the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster threshold, but what happens next could be the real key.
Coburn is prepared to insist on a full debate before passing the bill – a debate that could require the Senate to stay in session continuously until early next week, according to a Coburn aide. And the House would then have to reconvene after Christmas to pass the version that ultimately emerges from the Senate.
So who will blink first – Democrats who want to pass the bill this year or Coburn who threatens to keep the Senate in session through Christmas and beyond?