Friday, February 17, 2006

Senate Ends Filibuster of Patriot Act

Yesterday, the Senate voted 96-3 to end debate on the Patriot Act. This puts an end to the Democrats' filibuster against renewal of the act. The 3 votes opposing cloture were Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), and Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.). Feingold is the leading Senate opponent of the war in Iraq. Jeffords is the former Republican who changed parties to put the Democrats temporarily in control of the Senate. Byrd is seeking re-election this year in a state that voted for Bush in the last 2 presidential elections. Expect this vote to be an issue in the general election campaign.

Power Line observes:

Once the handful of Republicans who had given the Democrats cover reached a deal with the administration, the fiilibuster collapsed. Even Harry Reid--"We killed the Patriot Act!"--voted for cloture, in what must have been a humiliating reversal.

Is this reversal Reid's "I was for it before I was against it" moment?

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