Obama: 'Pattern of obstruction ... is not normal'
President Obama said the Senate’s move to limit filibusters was necessary to break a “pattern of obstruction that is not normal.”
“Over the past five years, we had an unprecedented pattern of obstruction in Congress that has prevented too much of the American people’s business from getting done,” Obama said during remarks at the White House. He added that “today’s pattern of obstruction is not normal. It’s a deliberate and determined pattern of obstruct everything, no matter what the merits.”
Obama acknowledged that neither political party is blameless from using procedural tactics to block legislation or political nominees. But he focused primarily on the obstruction his administration has faced from Senate Republicans, noting that 30 of his nominees have been blocked by the GOP.
“This is not obstruction on the qualifications, but just to gum up the works. It’s used as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt.”