In a tactic he thought would put the Obama Administration in an uncomfortable position, this week [Sen. Mitch] McConnell [Senate Minority leader for the Republican Party] proposed a measure that would give the president, rather than the Congress, the responsibility for raising the federal debt ceiling.
Then, when Democrats surprised him by being willing to take up the measure, McConnell reacted in the way that comes most naturally to him: by threatening a filibuster. Attentive readers will recall that over the past six years, McConnell has been responsible for most of the filibusters in America's 225-year Constitutional history. The novelty this time is that he was filibustering his own proposal. Read the details here in the Washington Post.