The Dem House version failed to get 2/3 votes needed, under the special rule to provide for immediate consideration. The Senate completely caved in to Bush and passed the McConnell-Bond-Bush version with the requisite 60 vote total. The Dem version, the Levin-Rockefeller bill, is presently in the process of failing to get the requisite 60 vote for passage.
What does it mean? That the just passed Senate GOP version will be offered in the House tomorrow and pass and the President will sign it. It is amazing how a President with a 25% approval can roll this Congress so easily. Pathetic.
Now guess what? This bill will sunset in 6 months. We'll be in an election year. Are you confident that these spineless Congresspersons and Senators will have more guts then? Me neither.
This ranks with the torture approving bill passed with the support of many Dem congresspersons prior to the 2006 election. Later we will provide the names of all the Dem Senators whose cowardice allowed this to happen.No roll call vote available. On the flip I will list the ones I heard. This is ,y best recollection:
Feinstein, Salazar, Mikulski, Bill Nelson, Landrieu, Lieberman, Conrad, Casey, Lincoln, Pryor, Klobuchar, Webb, McCaskill and Carper.
14 (probably 15 as I imagine Ben Nelson did too) from the Dem Caucus which means only 46 (probably 45) Republicans voted for it.