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Lunchtime liveblogging: Mikulski votes against Dodd-Leahy-Feingold amendment to FISA Amendment Act

Posted by Thomas Nephew on July 9th, 2008

Via watching the vote on C-SPAN.

Now is as good a time as any to say I’ll support any reasonably liberal Democrat in the primaries against Senator Mikulski should she run for office again. The opponent should preferably make Mikulski’s votes on FISA a centerpiece of the campaign, but the main thing is that Mikulski must go.

Other Nays include Inouye, McCaskill, Salazar, Hagel (R), Landrieu, Lieberman, Feinstein, Warner.

Ayes include Clinton, Obama. Hm. They’re “Leaders” of “our” “party,” but this is still happening and going down to defeat. Also Menendez, Whitehouse, Boxer in decreasing order of surprise. Also Kerry, Byrd.

The motion has failed 32-66. Roll-call when available. More votes ahead, of course; the Bingaman amendment delaying immunity for 90 days pending investigation of the surveillance is said to have an outside shot of approval.


Specter appears to get it, at least re unexamined prior illegal surveillance. Having joined in mid-debate, I’m honestly not sure which amendment he’s referring to; turns out it’s his own. Jay Rockefeller is worried for the poor widdle telecoms: “it’s not fair” to put the burden of assessing legality on them, too. Sorry, that’s what FISA did. That is, that’s what it used to do, as of the expected vote for this disaster later on today.


Now voting on Specter’s amendment to the FAA: it failed.


Now another two-minute!!!! debate on the Bingaman amendment; Feinstein co-sponsors. He says FISA Amendment Act gets the order wrong. Says opponents and proponents of the FAA itself are cosponsors. Kit Bond gets up and warns Bingaman amendment will get a veto and “we’ll have to start all over.” That would be terrible, of course.


Now voting. I’ll have to quit now, but doubt there will be a happy ending.

4 Responses to “Lunchtime liveblogging: Mikulski votes against Dodd-Leahy-Feingold amendment to FISA Amendment Act”

  1. Nell Says:

    Other Nays include Inouye, McCaskill, Salazar, Hagel (R), Landrieu, Lieberman, Feinstein, Warner.

    You meant Webb, right? Because Warner’s nay is a given. (Though, considering he voted wrong in February on the same issue, so is Webb’s. He did for for the Bingaman amendment. Big whoop.)

    Specter is such a clown. After all that good speechifying against immunity, he doesn’t even vote for the Dodd amendment.


    Mikulski has to go; she’s worthless on a whole range of things. And she’s been there forever; might she retire?

  2. Brett Says:

    I agree with you on a primary challenger to Senator Mikulski.She’s been pretty bad on this issue.

  3. Thomas Nephew Says:

    I was just occasionally typing as I heard names — tried to listen for Webb, but missed it at the time. Reminds me I need to link to the various votes here, I’ll be studying them.

    Clinton voting Nay and Obama Aye on the final bill was very interesting — esp. given how chummy the two have been lately. I wonder if there will be an Obama/Clinton ticket after all, and if this was a joint strategy; one voted for it, one voted against it, “something for everyone.”

    Re Mikulski, I’ve saved a couple of her emails to me on FISA at GoogleDocs: 11/5/07, 2/20/08. If you’ve got any deep in your Inbox that look different, forward ’em to me for my stamp collection.

  4. eRobin Says:

    The happy ending – and by happy ending, I mean, the watered-down, compromised, not-as-horrible-as-it-could-have-been ending – for the day came with Kennedy showing up for the Medicare (H.R. 6331) vote. Vastly insufficient bill but we really needed it to pass to avoid huge problems with Medicare admin.

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