Inouye: Senate Needs to Change Behavior, or Rules

·By civilbeat

“At some point, this body needs to alter either its behavior or its rules.”
— Daniel Inouye (@Daniel_Inouye) September 20, 2012

That tweet from Sen. Daniel Inouye‘s Twitter account a few minutes ago was an excerpt from his floor speech this afternoon, which included some gripes with Senate Republicans’ filibuster delay tactics. It’s not quite the “nuclear option,” but it hints at his desire to change the way the Senate works.

The frustrations from the most senior member of the Senate comes as the body considers a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for another six months and avoid a shutdown. Inouye’s not happy with that approach, either:

“This is a sad day. The Senate is forced to take up a six month continuing resolution instead of acting upon regular appropriations bills.”
— Daniel Inouye (@Daniel_Inouye) September 20, 2012

The Senate is expected to approve the “CR,” and then members will go back to their districts through the election.

UPDATE: Here’s video of Inouye’s floor statement:

— Michael Levine