Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaking during the seventh hour of his filibuster.
WASHINGTON--After nearly 13 hours, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ended a rare filibuster on the Senate floor, early Thursday, opposing the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director and speaking out against the Obama administration refusal to say whether drones would be used domestically.
TO NOTE: Paul, who comes from the Tea Party movement within the GOP Party, keynoted Monday night the 6th Annual Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in northwest suburban Palatine. The event was hosted by a group of Republican township organization in the northwest Chicago suburbs: Palatine, Schaumburg, Barrington, Hanover, Northfield, and Wheeling.
While the threat of a filibuster always hangs over Senate business--Senators usually don't use the delaying tactic. Paul started talking at 11:47 a.m. ET on Wednesday, according to Paul's office and concluded at 12:39 a.m. ET on Thursday, according to press reports. The Senate then adjourned at 12:41 a.m. ET, according to the Senate record.
DURBIN: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was there until the end. After Paul yielded, Durbin filed the motion to set the stage for a vote on Brennan's confirmation, with the vote possible on Thursday.
A senator has to remain physically present to hold the floor, and Paul finally yielded because he had to go to the bathroom, he suggested at the end of his marathon.
During his seventh hour Paul said, "If the President is unwilling to say clearly and unequivocally that he is not going to kill noncombatants in America, I don't think we should tolerate that. I think there should be a huge outcry and the President should come forward and explain his position. This discussion tonight really isn't so much about John Brennan. It isn't about his nomination so much as it's about whether or not we believe that in America there are some rights that are so special that we're not willing to give up on these. So as we move forward into this debate, it's not really about who gets nominated to be the head of the CIA It's about principles that are bigger than the people. It's about something bigger and larger than the people involved. It's about Constitutional principles that really we shouldn't give up on."
NO FILIBUSTER RECORD SET: Though Paul had a long stint, he didn't break any filibuster records. The Washington Post looks at filibuster lengths HERE.
RAND PAUL FILIBUSTER TWEETS
I'm not a great fan of Jane Fonda. But I'm not so interested in putting her on a drone kill list either.
Senator Rand Paul @SenRandPaul
The American people deserve a clear statement from the President concerning limits of executive power.
Thank you to my colleagues in the House & Senate, and to all the Americans who stood w/ me tonight in support of preserving civil liberties.— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) March 7, 2013