Republicans are guilty of "abusing" Senate rules to block pieces of
legislation, the second-ranking House Democrat charged Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the Senate is "broken," while absolving Democratic leaders in the Senate of culpability for slow-moving legislation.
House Democrats have bemoaned the lack of progress on bills they have passed but have been met with resistance in the Senate. That frustration is likely to grow now that Republicans have 41 votes in the upper chamber, allowing them to sustain a filibuster.
Hoyer accused the GOP of "abusing" the Senate's rules so far, though.
"Frankly, the Republican leadership is abusing a process which was used relatively infrequently in the '60s and '70s and even the '80s and '90s, but has escalated the usage of this requirement that every move of the Senate requires 60 votes," he said.