WASHINGTON, DC (WAVE) – Rand Paul, the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky, launched a filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to become the next CIA director on Wednesday that lasted most of the day and well into the night.
Paul, a Republican, objects to what he calls the Obama administration's lack of clarity over whether American citizens suspected of terrorist ties can be targeted with drone strikes on U.S. soil.
Paul's traditional or "talking" filibuster began at 11:47 a.m., and it continued into the overnight hours of Thursday morning. He was assisted by more than a half-dozen other lawmakers. A traditional filibuster is dependent on one senator's control of the floor rather than a tally of votes.
Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois objected to Paul's request that the Senate take up a non-binding resolution stating that the U.S. government cannot target "noncombatants" with drones within U.S. borders.
Arguing that such a resolution would be premature, Durbin invited Paul to testify at an upcoming hearing on the issue of drones.
But that offer was not enough for Paul to halt his protest.
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