Saturday, March 15, 2008


In a completely unexpected turn of events, just when it seemed we would certainly lose. The house pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

H R 3773       YEA-AND-NAY     14-Mar-2008 2:08 PM

QUESTION: Agree to the Senate Amendment with an Amendment.

BILL TITLE: To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purpoes

YEA -- 213     NAY -- 197

I don't quite understand where they got the spine but they stripped the immunity from this bill, and then they passed it. Of course some Democrats voted against it. I am sure it's no surprise Chris Carney (PA-10, Bush Dog) tried to kill it.

We still have to get it through the Senate but lets see what happens, and lets see Bush veto this one too. Here is what Matt Stoller had to say on this victory:
It's a bit hard to describe just how much work this took and how significant a change this represents. I never believed we had a chance to stop immunity for telecom companies, I thought it was a fight worth having anyway. But something has shifted in the last few weeks that suggest this Congress is willing to stand up to Bush. --

I still can't believe it.