Tuesday, February 12, 2008

FISA Vote Breakdown

The following is a breakdown of the votes on each of the FISA amendments proposed today on the floor of the Senate.

S 2248 Feingold Amdt. No. 3979; To provide safeguards for communications involving persons inside the United States.

S 2248 Specter Amdt. No. 3927; To provide for the substitution of the United States in certain civil actions.

S 2248 Feingold Amdt. No. 3912; To modify the requirements for certifications made prior to the initiation of certain acquisitions.

S 2248 Feinstein Amdt. No. 3910; To provide a statement of the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance and interception of certain communications may be conducted.

S 2248 Dodd Amdt. No. 3907; To strike the provisions providing immunity from civil liability to electronic communication service providers for certain assistance provided to the Government.

I find myself particularly frustrated with certain Democratic senators today. Instead of listing the senators who chose not to side with Senator Dodd and the U.S. Constitution today, I would like to thank the following senators for supporting the Dodd amendment: Akaka, Baucus, Biden Bingaman, Boxer, Brown, Byrd, Cantwell, Cardin, Casey, Dorgan, Durbin, Feingold, Harkin, Kennedy, Kerry, Klobucher, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Menendez, Murray, Obama, Reed, Reid, Schumer, Tester, Whitehouse, Widen, and Sanders. For a better look at the Democrats who sold out the rights of Americans today, mcjoan does it justice.

The fact that she wasn't there to vote doesn't hurt or help Senator Clinton. I would have liked her to be there. She may make it for the final vote (which will come after a minor filibuster forced by the great Chris Dodd). In my humble opinion, there are few things more important than protecting the U.S. Constitution. Without question the bottom line with the FISA vote is whether or not we support the courts and the constitutional powers granted to them and whether or not we are for the privacy rights of the American people.

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