May 16, 2007

EVERYTHING WILL BE...IDENTICAL?:

U.S. Senate rejects bill with withdrawal timeline (Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse, May 16, 2007, NY Times)

A vote in the Senate on Wednesday that would have cut off moneys for combat operations in Iraq after March 31, 2008, fell far short of the needed votes in a defeat for war critics and a signal that the Democratic majority may have difficulty passing a war-funding plan that includes firm timelines.

The vote on the proposed amendment, sponsored by Senator Russell Feingold, a liberal Democrat from Wisconsin, was 29 to 67, well short of the 60 votes needed to end debate. Nineteen Democrats voted against it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2007 5:39 PM
Comments

More intriguing was Nancy Pelosi's aborted attempt to amend the House rules to allow votes on taxes and spending without a roll call (thereby overturning 185 years of precedent).

I'm sure the liberal press rejoiced that this move was withdrawn.......NOT!

I can just hear the plaintive editorials from the NYT, the Strib, and other paragons of open, honest, and representative government. "The Democratic party is finding a rough road as it attempts to smooth the process to restoring financial balance to the nation's government. The harsh and bitter House Republicans continue to press for party identification and open, recorded voting, which Ms. Pelosi has indicated is the major roadblock to unfettered access of the Treasury to the nation's revenue base."

Or something like that. Supposedly Pelosi is going to try again after Memorial Day. Will Heath Shuler vote with her for secret tax increases?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 17, 2007 12:41 AM

And yet they want to eliminate secret balloting for unionization votes...

Posted by: Dave at May 17, 2007 3:47 PM
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