Angus King on filibuster rule changes, small businesses

U.S. Senator Angus King in Bangor on Friday October 23rd 2013. Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
U.S. Senator Angus King in Bangor on Friday October 23rd 2013. Gabor Degre | BDN
Posted Dec. 22, 2013, at 3:13 p.m.

Sen. Angus King answered BDN reader questions recently about changing filibuster rules, what’s being done for small businesses and whether he’s going to ride his motorcycle with the Make-A-Wish fundraiser ride.

What made you decide to vote for the nuclear option and changing the U.S. filibuster rules when your senior senator said it would only do more to polarize the Senate? — Lee Jackson

“I felt it was really important that we get things done and that the filibuster had really gotten out of control. The number of times the filibuster has been used in recent years compared with five, 10, 20 years ago is just — it’s just enormously expanded in its use.”

Will he ride his bike in 2014 with the Red Knights for the Make-a-Wish ride? — Wayne A. Archie

“I’m not sure. It depends on when it is and what the timing is. I haven’t ridden as much lately. I was only home last summer for a limited amount of time and didn’t get out much. I’m hoping to at least be there for the toy run next fall.”

What is being done for small business in Maine? — Scott Robinett

“I think just for the Congress to show that they can work together to pass a budget is itself a big deal for the economy. … Two-thirds of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending, and consumer spending is based upon confidence. … Seeing their government actually do its job for a change, I hope, will be a positive confidence builder. … One of the things I’m mostly focused on is regulatory reform. … I’ve introduced several bills on that. … Finally one of the things I’m most interested in is the cost of health care.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/22/opinion/angus-king-on-filibuster-rule-changes-small-businesses/ printed on November 26, 2014