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rusty quoin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-22-07 09:08 AM
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New Figures Reveal Aggressive GOP Obstructionist Strategy by Sam Stein
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/09/21/new-figures-re...

This past Wednesday, for the second time in almost as many months, Senator Jim Webb, D-VA, introduced a piece of Iraq war legislation that failed to pass the Senate despite gaining a majority of its votes.

Technically speaking, Webb's measure - which would have given soldiers as much time at home as their previous tour deployed - was not filibustered. Prior to its introduction, Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed that, in order to avoid a procedural tit-for-tat, there would be a 60-vote threshold on all Defense Authorization amendments. Nevertheless, seeing his pet project defeated for the second time, even with the support of 55 other Senators, left Webb a bit steamed.
"I would say to my colleagues that the American people are watching us today, and they are watching closely," the Virginian declared. "They are tired of the posturing that is giving the Congress such a bad reputation. And they are tired of the procedural strategies designed to protect politicians from accountability."


I think Webb is right. Less polite procedures and more fight! Stop it with the gentlemen's agreements.

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