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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-05 03:40 PM
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AP: Democrats say they won't block Gonzales nomination
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Edited on Tue Feb-01-05 03:46 PM by Freddie Stubbs
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats won't try to filibuster Alberto Gonzales' nomination to be attorney general but will hold extensive debates in the Senate over his role in developing the Bush administration's policies on treating foreign detainees, the Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday.

"There will be an up-or-down vote," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters after the Democrats huddled together for their weekly planning session.

A filibuster, a parliamentary tactic for delaying Senate action, would require Republicans, who hold a 55-44 majority in the Senate, to win over at least five Democrats - or four Democrats plus Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, an independent - to put Gonzales in office.

Reid predicted that at least 25 or 30 Democrats would vote against Gonzales but said "there was a decision made not to filibuster."

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  -AP: Democrats say they won't block Gonzales nomination Freddie Stubbs  Feb-01-05 03:40 PM   #0 
  - so long as they make it clear Gonzales does not represent America  NewYorkerfromMass   Feb-01-05 03:42 PM   #1 
  - High treason They have all violated their oaths of office.  genius   Feb-01-05 06:26 PM   #24 
  - color me surprised. Spineless bastards.  Sirveri   Feb-01-05 03:42 PM   #2 
  - Yep. I agree a 100%.  jeff30997   Feb-01-05 03:43 PM   #3 
     - Why? They only have 30 out of 100 votes  NewYorkerfromMass   Feb-01-05 03:45 PM   #4 
        - And If They Only Have 30 Votes, They Can't Fillibuster  Edgewater_Joe   Feb-01-05 03:47 PM   #7 
        - They could at least vote against him. They could rally the party.  Sirveri   Feb-01-05 03:56 PM   #14 
           - There will be 30 votes against him  NewYorkerfromMass   Feb-01-05 04:02 PM   #18 
  - This makes me sick  ChicanoPwr   Feb-01-05 03:46 PM   #5 
  - If Feinstein votes for him  jfern   Feb-01-05 03:56 PM   #13 
     - Good luck. We'll never get her out.  Sirveri   Feb-01-05 03:57 PM   #15 
     - Ummm, Feinstein introducing Condi Rice put me over the edge  BrotherBuzz   Feb-01-05 04:03 PM   #20 
  - Drink up DUers....................  ClintonTyree   Feb-01-05 03:47 PM   #6 
  - Hmmmm. Cognitive dissonance *LOL*.  Just Me   Feb-01-05 03:48 PM   #8 
  - Makes no sense to me...  judy   Feb-01-05 03:48 PM   #9 
  - Filibustering Rice was a lost cause  Freddie Stubbs   Feb-01-05 09:45 PM   #25 
  - Now why on earth is Bill Nelson talking about Social Security in this  DemItAllAnyway   Feb-01-05 03:50 PM   #10 
  - LOOSERS!  DistressedAmerican   Feb-01-05 03:51 PM   #11 
  - As Much As I'd Love To String Up Abu Gonzales ...  Edgewater_Joe   Feb-01-05 03:53 PM   #12 
  - We have done nothing in 4 years to stop these creeps!  DistressedAmerican   Feb-01-05 03:59 PM   #16 
     - exactly, so why start now ?  G_j   Feb-01-05 04:01 PM   #17 
  - This was worse than not even talking about the possibility  Walt Starr   Feb-01-05 04:03 PM   #19 
  - They didn't have the votes!  NewYorkerfromMass   Feb-01-05 04:17 PM   #23 
  - My GOD, can they ever do anything united???  Northern Experiment   Feb-01-05 04:13 PM   #21 
  - THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! Every dem must vote against this man.  mod mom   Feb-01-05 04:17 PM   #22 

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