GOP Blocks Debate on Financial Bill for Third Time Political stalemate continues in the Senate By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 28, 2010 12:01 PM CDT 46 comments Comments A file photo of Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John Thune, R-S.D., and Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) (Newser) – See if this sounds familiar: Republicans today blocked debate on a financial reform bill in the Senate, reports the AP. As promised, Harry Reid tried for the third time in as many days to bring the bill to the floor, only to run into unified GOP opposition. He said earlier in the day that negotiations on a bipartisan compromise "were going nowhere" and threatened endless procedural votes to try to paint Republicans as defenders of Wall Street, reports Politico.