February 16, 2006


Senate turns back attempt to block Patriot Act (Associated Press, 2/16/06)

The Senate overwhelmingly rejected an effort Thursday to block renewing the Patriot Act, the 2001 law passed weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to help the government hunt down terrorists.

The 96-3 vote was no suprise to Sen. Russell Feingold, the Wisconsin Democrat who was the lone senator to oppose the law four and a half years ago and is the chief obstacle to extending 16 provisions now due to expire March 10.

Feingold, who is exploring seeking his party's presidential nomination in 2008, plans to make the Senate spend several more days on the bill and complained that Majority Leader Bill Frist had used procedural maneuvers to prevent him from trying to amend the bill.

"We still have not addressed some of the most significant problems with the Patriot Act," Feingold said.

Only Sens. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., and Robert C. Byrd, R-W.Va., supported Feingold on Thursday's vote to stop what Frist had characterized as a filibuster preventing the Senate from acting on the legilsation.

There's Hiram Lewis's first ad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2006 3:46 PM

Byrd's a rethuglican now? Well, I guess for the AP a klansman must be a republican, eh?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 16, 2006 4:04 PM

Feingold/Jeffords in 08

Posted by: Genecis at February 16, 2006 5:31 PM

Whatever happens in November, I can take solace in the fact that Jim Jeffords is retiring! Huzzah! By January of next year Jim Jeffords (and those dopey "Thanks, Jim!" bumper stickers) will cease to have any importance whatsoever!

Posted by: Bryan at February 16, 2006 7:06 PM

How dare you dog Jim Jeffords? That was a singular act of political courage when he crossed the aisle, a bold and daring move by a man willing to stand up for what was right no matter the cost, the bravest thing anyone ever did anywhere ever. Why, it says so right here on the cover blurb of his book! . . . What, you say? You think he'd exaggerate his own importance. Perish the thought! You're talking about a United States Senator, bub!


Posted by: Mike Morley at February 17, 2006 6:50 AM