Shakedown, Breakdown, Takedown, You're Filibusted
52 votes failed to carry a cloture motion that would've allowed the Senate - already looking at its collective watch and dreaming of sugar plums - to vote on the Patriot Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act yesterday.
It would've been 53, but by voting with the filibusterers, Leader Frist retains the right to call for another vote down the line. Frist is keeping Senators in session this weekend (as I'd hoped he might, ever since Dick Durbin started thumping his chest about a filibuster) in an effort to get a vote on the bill before they recess and the Patiot Act provisions expire on December 31st.
Other Republicans casting irregular votes:
- Lisa Murkowski (AK)
- Chuck Hagel (NE)
- Larry Craig (ID)
- John Sununu (NH)
Hagel's excuse was an ostensible lack of "confidence and trust in one's government" inspired by the legislation. Conversely, Democrats Tim Johnson (SD) and Ben Nelson (NE) seem to prize the legislation's vital function over party doctrine and endless debate.
Handcrafted by Flip on December 17, 2005 |
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