Thursday, December 22, 2005

What's in the House egg nog?

The barkeep needs to cut these guys off.

House OKs one-month Patriot Act extension

I need a poli-sci prof to explain this to me:
Approval came on a voice vote in a nearly empty chamber

Do I have this straight? Rep. I.M. Crazy can walk into the House, bring legislation to the floor, and hold a voice vote with no one there.

That rumble you just heard was James Madison rolling over in his grave.

Andy in the HBG


Anonymous Peter G said...

Heard on NPR this evening (Thurs) that Senate has gone along with the House 5-week PAT-Act extension and GWB will sign. Sensenbrenner apparently feels that shorter extension means less time to get real reforms enacted.

9:55 PM  
Blogger ruidh said...

Here's the thing. The Senate passes a 6 month extension, but the House, Republicans and Democrats both, didn't want a Patriot Act debate within 6 months of the election. Everyone knew what was going on. Any member can call for a roll call vote at any time. They just don't when no one wants to go down on record.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of reminds me of ID...

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA Today reported "Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps for national security when he worked at the Reagan Justice Department, an echo of President Bush's rationale for spying on U.S. residents in the war on terror."
Maybe Iraq will be the "safe and free" country we'll all need to relocate to when all is said and done.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there's an echo, the echo counts as a vote.

I don't know - you tell me.
-Schuyler DuQuesne

2:21 PM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

So there is no quorum provision? Any committee I have ever worked with needed to be quorate (usually a minimum of 40%)

12:52 PM  

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