A big 4-Pinocchio raspberry to Obama’s claim about ‘500 GOP filibusters’

A big 4-Pinocchio raspberry to Obama’s claim about ‘500 GOP filibusters’

[Ed. – Heck , I didn’t even know about this claim.  But I agree with Mr. Kessler: a cloture motion is so not a filibuster.  Glad someone is staying on top of these things.]

In addressing a dinner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Los Angeles, President Obama made a rather striking claim — that Senate Republicans have filibustered “500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class.”

Regular readers knows that The Fact Checker has objected to the way that Senate Democrats tally these figures, but the president’s claim makes little sense no matter how you do the numbers. …

Since 2007, there have been 527 cloture motions that have been filed, according to Senate statistics. This is apparently where Obama got his figure. But this tells only part of the story, as many of those cloture motions were simply dropped, never actually voted on, or “vitiated” in the senatorial nomenclature.

Obama is assuming every cloture motion can be counted as a filibuster. …

[W]hen you go through the numbers, there have just been 133 successful filibusters — meaning a final vote could not take place — since 2007.

But, even if you accept the way Senate Democrats like to frame the issue, the president is still wrong. He referred to “legislation” — and most of these cloture motions concerned judicial and executive branch nominations. In the 113th Congress, for instance, 83 of the 136 cloture motions so far have concerned nominations, not legislation.

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