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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Democrats purposefully stalling FISA in the House

It was reported this past weekend that a deal had been reached in the House to bring it to the floor. According to Captain Ed that deal appears to be dead. From Politico's Crypt blog:

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Wednesday the House will not take up an electronic surveillance measure this week, further delaying any decisions on the controversial measure. Hoyer said in his weekly press conference that he hoped to wrap up work on an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; “towards the end of this week or the beginning of next week.”

However, the majority leader acknowledged that there were “still disagreements” within the Democratic caucus over the issue of granting immunity to telecom companies who aided the government in the wiretapping program.

Nearly three weeks after a temporary electronic surveillance law expired, many internal divisions remain among Democrats. Many liberal members are pushing to strip the immunity provisions, while other more moderate “Blue Dog” Democrats are hoping to take up a Senate-passed version of the bill which includes immunity as soon as possible.

Republicans have called for the House to take up the Senate bill as soon as possible.

Although Democratic leaders insist they are working feverishly to iron out their differences, one House member—speaking on the condition of anonymity—suggested it could be a long time, if ever, before the bill was brought for a vote.

“A lot of people think the politics of doing nothing on this issue are very good for both sides of the political spectrum,” they said.

If I were among the Democrats in the Senate that voted in favor of this, I'd be raising holy Hell with my House counterparts. This all comes down to what the Democrats in the House are more loyal to: National security, or they're blood-sucking trial lawyers salivating over their pending lawsuits against the telecoms.

This sort of feckless, biased behavior of the House Democrats is appalling. Get on the phones and deluge their offices -- 202-225-3121. Tell them to knock this crap off and do what's right to protect this nation. You might even want to remind these partisan hacks that November's right around the corner, and this will be an election issue if they don't act on it. And don't get ticked at the Blue Dogs. They're trying to get it up for a vote. The Washington Times reported that 21 Blue Dogs sent Pelosi a letter demanding she move the bill to the floor of the House. Pelosi didn't budge because she knew that the Blue Dogs would go against the activist base giving her Hell.

This is so disgustingly partisan that if we were Democrats, we'd be embarrassed to acknowledge our political affiliation.

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