We reported earlier
that Senate Republicans this week are blocking committee hearings from taking place, and Sen. Claire McCaskill this afternoon excoriated the GOP for "taking game playing to a whole new level."
McCaskill (D-MO) had to cancel a hearing
she'd had planned about police contracting in Afghanistan. She said the hearing was to examine a "very important" element of the war, and detailed the top officials expected to participate.
She asked the chamber, "So what do I find out this morning? The Republican Party is not going to let us have the hearing? What in the world?"
"Why in the world are we not able to work this afternoon," McCaskill said on the Senate floor. "The idea that I called to call these witnesses and say go home because the Republicans won't let us have a hearing? Somebody has got to explain this to me."
She said the Senate was sent to Washington to work, and told Republicans they should feel free to vote "No" on the bill, but "let us work! I implore you, let us work."