Republican Obstructionism Slows FISA Debate

OK, so here’s my understanding of where we stand in the Senate.

The GOP has been delaying and trying to stop debate on amendments to the underlying bill, the Intelligence Committee bill, since they successfully tabled the SJC amendment.

Republican Minority leader Mitch McConnell filed for cloture on the Intel bill and has objected to having any amendments that would make the bill better. He wants to keep it in a state that he knows will please George Bush and Dick Cheney.

The cloture vote will be on Monday at 4:30PM Eastern.

Democrats will need to muster 41 votes to block cloture. We got 36 votes today on the Judiciary amendment.

We have three and a half days to generate the most pressure possible to make sure the Democrats vote as a block to oppose cloture.

One way forward would be if Senators Clinton and Obama each showed up and voted against cloture, while getting three of the senators who have endorsed them for President but voted to table the Judiciary amendment, we would win. Evan Bayh has endorsed Hillary Clinton while Ben Nelson and Claire McCaskill have endorsed Barack Obama.

Marcy Wheeler makes a convincing case for how the Democrats can win this fight.

We’re getting a bit more time to organize, but we have to use it.

Take action now and ask your senators to vote to against retroactive immunity.

Update: Tim Tagaris has more scheduling notes and what it means at Open Left.


Cross posted at the CREDO Blog.

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