(Washington Post) At least 28 Senate Democrats plan to spend hours Monday night and early Tuesday speaking on the Senate floor in a push for congressional action on climate change.
It’s a strategy that’s been in the works for several months, organized by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who’ve been seeking to raise awareness about their concerns on and off the Senate floor.
Adopting a strategy used in the past year by some Senate Republicans, the Democrats will begin speaking Monday night after a series of votes and continue until about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Senate aides. The event will mark the third late-night Senate session of the past year, but the first prompted by Democrats. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led a filibuster last spring that lasted into the late-night hours, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) steered a 21-hour filibuster-style exchange before the government shutdown last fall.