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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:28 PM
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Senate Republicans Block Floor Vote on Iraq Resolution (W Post headline)
lots better than the one in LBN.



Senate Republicans Block Floor Vote on Iraq Resolution

By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 17, 2007; 5:06 PM

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.

Most Republicans objected to a rule barring amendments to the resolution and demanded a vote on a separate measure, introduced by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), that pledges not to cut off funding for troops in the field.

The seven Republican senators who broke ranks with their colleagues and voted in favor of the cloture motion were John W. Warner (Va.), Chuck Hagel (Neb.), Norm Coleman (Minn.), Gordon Smith (Ore.), Olympia Snowe (Me.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Susan M. Collins (Me.). Warner is the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was a principal sponsor, along with Collins and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), of a resolution that criticized the troop buildup and urged Bush to consider alternatives. That nonbinding resolution failed to pass the same procedural hurdle on Feb. 5.

One independent senator who caucuses with the Democrats, Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), joined 33 Republicans in opposing the cloture motion.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:30 PM
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1. "Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), joined 33 Republicans in opposing the cloture motion."
Disgusting.
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:32 PM
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2. @#$% Lieberman nt
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:43 PM
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3. Fucking LIEberMe
I want run out into the street and shout "How do you all feel? Did you really think he was serious?" but I'm way too angry to do that.

What an asshole Senator.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:53 PM
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4. Unfortunately the Dems need Liebermann to retain control; I do
appreciate his caucusing with the Dems because I surely do not want the Pugs back in control. After the '08 election, hopefully the Dems will have a majority big enough to kick the big Lie out for good.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 05:17 PM
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5. I don't think the Republic position is tenable for long.
There will be a lot of feedback to these Senators in the next few weeks. They can't evade this vote for very long...they know it. The American people are disgusted with their games when real lives are on the line here. I think we'll see more defections soon. Next time Harry brings this up, it will pass and then all Senators will have to go on the record.
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