Saturday, May 28, 2005
Kerry, Boxer Work the Senate to stop Cloture on Bolton
From the Senate gallery, Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D-Mass., ...as well as others engaged undecided senators in furious conversation to convince them to vote against cloture.
The LA Times reports these juicy nuggets:
"We're not here to filibuster," Reid said. "We're here to get information."
"Maybe this will now get the attention of the president, the attention of the chief of staff, and they will take a look at the information we're seeking and realize that there's no reasonable basis upon which to deny us the information," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leader of the Democratic opposition to Bolton.
Frist tried throughout the day to meet Biden's demand for information about records Bolton has requested over the past four years from the National Security Agency, the federal eavesdropping office that monitors overseas communications between Americans and foreigners.
According to a Frist aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the majority leader lobbied the administration to give Biden and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) access to the records sought by Bolton.
Evidently the Bush Administration really doesn't want to let those records out, if they wouldn't even turn them over when their own Senate Majority Leader asked for them.
And for anyone curious as to why Frist voted "nay" on cloture himself, the LA Times enlightens us on that as well:
I was wondering about that. Props to the LA Times staff writers, Mary Curtius and Maura Reynolds, for writing a nice, informative piece.
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- How they voted - Senate Roll Call #129
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