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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Finally cracking down on that filibustering...

Let's all say a great "thank you" to Harry Reid. While the Republicans threatened at filibustering almost every single Democratic introduced legislation, Harry Reid, being the gentlemen he is, never actually made them filibuster the legislation. Even though their threats were completely unprecedented. Even though it is the Democrats who are getting blamed for accomplishing nothing in their first year since taking over the majority.

But thankfully for all of us, Harry Reid is finally cracking down. On Chris Dodd, his fellow Democrat, who is attempting to block legislation that will give retroactive immunity to telecoms who broke the law by providing access to telephone records to the Bush Administration in their never-ending quest to run-around the requirements of the FISA law.

Harry Reid:

[I]f people think they are going to talk this to death, we are going to be in here all night. This is not something we are going to have a silent filibuster on. If someone wants to filibuster this bill, they are going to do it in the openness of the Senate.

Many others are commenting. I would hope the candidates for President would join John Edwards in providing leadership on this issue. Chris Dodd is doing an immense service and I respect and admire his leadership on this issue.

I intend to contact Harry Reid and express my disgust at his leadership on this issue. I encourage others to do the same.


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