Tuesday, July 17, 2007

No Sleep 'Til War Vote

I've written a few times how Senate Republicans have filibustered/blocked almost every bill the Senate leadership has brought up... for instance, the House passed the minimum wage increase in January but it didn't get passed the Senate until late May, and only then because Democrats snuck it in to the war funding bill.

Over 200 bills passed the House are currently in Senate limbo due to GOP obstructionism.

Senate Republicans have pretty much gotten away with this nonsense, thanks to Democratic timidity and media incuriousity. The goal of all this is, as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell jovially bragged in March, is to show the Democrats who's boss and keep them from having the legislative accomplishments they promised voters. But now the Democrats are preparing to fight back.

Sen. Majority Leader Reid plans to highlight this tactic by "forc[ing] war supporters to physically remain in the Senate and filibuster Iraq withdrawal legislation... [and] work straight through the night on Tuesday."

Me? I think this should apply to many issues. But Iraq-related votes are a good starting point.

[UPDATE: The debate is being shown live on C-SPAN 2 now and through the night.]

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