Dem Sen. Bennett On Lame Duck Session: “It’s All Rigged”

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According to the Washington Post:
12/1/2010 Michael Bennet: ‘It’s all rigged’
By Matt DeLong

During a moment of extreme candor that was picked up by a hot microphone, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday was heard voicing his displeasure with Democratic plans for the lame-duck session of Congress.

“It’s all rigged,” Bennet said to a colleague– possibly Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — on the Senate floor. “I mean, the whole conversation’s rigged. The fact that we don’t get a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck — it’s just rigged. This stuff’s rigged.”

Asked for comment, Bennet’s staff told NBC: “Michael was telling the same truths on the Senate floor that he tells folks back home in Colorado.

Bennet aide Adam Bozzi also told NBC: “We can’t move forward on major issues facing our country because of a broken system that is rigged to prevent progress. […] Colorado and the rest of our country deserve better which is why he has proposed overhauling the way Washington works, including filibuster and lobbying reforms.”

The Colorado senator, who was appointed in 2009 to replace now-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, narrowly won election in November over tea party-backed Republican Ken Buck after a tough campaign fight.

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