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March 5th, 2013

Braley Clueless on Rules of U.S. Senate

By Craig Robinson

Congressman Bruce Braley appeared in The Insiders with Dave Price on Sunday.  The show airs on WHO TV in Des Moines before Meet the Press.

In the interview, Price asked Braley how is it possible the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in nearly four years. Braley responded, “How is that possible? One word: the filibuster.”

The problem with Congressman Braley’s answer is that there is nothing for the Republicans to even filibuster.  Democrats in the U.S. Senate haven’t even drafted a budget in the last four years.  Maybe Congressman Braley doesn’t remember, but it was big news when Democrats in the Senate announced they would draft a budget back in late January.

And the President’s budgets the last few years have failed to even get a single vote in the Senate.  Democrats, not just Republicans are refusing to vote for the President’s budget.  In 2011, Senators were unanimous in theirdislike of the Obama budget.  That year 97 senators voted against the President’s budget.  In May of 2012, 99 senators voted against the President’s budget blueprint.

What’s even funnier is that this doesn’t even take into consideration that one actually can’t even filibuster a budget in the Senate because of reconciliation rules.

I don’t know if Congressman Braley is a little rusty, confused, or is simply comfortable just making things up, but Iowans deserve to know what’s really going on in Washington.  Apparently Congressman Braley believes that Iowans just want more political attacks, more pointing fingers at the other party, and more negative campaigning.

If Braley is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee‘s chosen candidate for Iowa, they have pretty low standards, or if not, they may be wise to keep looking for other candidates.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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