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  DeMint calls votes before Christmas 'sacrilegious'
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Dec 15, 2010 01:32pm
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News DateWednesday, December 15, 2010 07:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called Democrats' push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas "sacrilegious," and warned he'd draw the process out to wage his objections.

"You can't jam a major arms control treaty right before Christmas," he told POLITICO. "What's going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year - they kept everybody here until (Christmas Eve) to force something down everybody's throat. I think Americans are sick of this."

DeMint has demanded a full reading of the treaty, a process that, ironically, will push the chance for a vote closer to Christmas.

DeMint’s comments echo those of Sen. Jon Kyl who said yesterday that Reid’s voting schedule is impossible to accomplish “without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians.”

As Democrats plan to push through a newly unveiled nearly 2,000-page spending bill for the entire government and the long-awaited New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, DeMint says he'll force Senate clerks to read the measures in their entirety, a process that could take several days and block Democrats' ability to push through their ambitious agenda.
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