February 17, 2007


Senate Republicans Block Floor Vote on Iraq Resolution (William Branigin, February 17, 2007, Washington Post)

Senate Republicans today blocked a floor vote on a House-passed resolution that expresses disapproval of President Bush's plan to send thousands of additional U.S. troops to Iraq, as a procedural motion to cut off debate on the measure fell short of the 60 votes needed.

It was the second time this month that minority Republicans successfully filibustered a nonbinding resolution opposing the troop buildup.

Senators voted 56-34 to invoke cloture and proceed to a floor vote on the resolution, with seven Republicans joining all the chamber's Democrats in calling for an end to the debate. But the motion fell four votes short of the threshold needed under Senate rules.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2007 4:08 PM

Good headline. Gridlock is wonderful!

Posted by: jdkelly at February 17, 2007 4:44 PM

A deep morass for sure!

Posted by: Dave W at February 17, 2007 7:47 PM

The outcome of this vote was so pre-determined that 10 Senators didn't even show up (McCain being one of them).

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 17, 2007 11:34 PM

Plausible deniability for McCain.

Posted by: ic at February 17, 2007 11:57 PM

Not that I'm taking any cash on the side for this but OJ was 100% right on Gang of 14 and preserving the filibuster.

McCain was there in spirit. ;-)

Posted by: Bruno at February 18, 2007 9:54 AM