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Posted on Jan 30, 2007
Arlen Specter
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Former Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter defected from his party to support Senate Democrats and assert the power of Congress.

A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”


New York Times:

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee began laying the constitutional groundwork today for an effort to block President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq and place new limits on the conduct of the war there, perhaps forcing a withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

They were joined by Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who led the panel for the last two years, in asserting that Mr. Bush cannot simply ignore Congressional opposition to his plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq.

“I would respectfully suggest to the president that he is not the sole decider,” Mr. Specter said. “The decider is a joint and shared responsibility.”

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By DennisD, January 30, 2007 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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“I would respectfully suggest to the president that he is not the sole decider,” Mr. Specter said. “The decider is a joint and shared responsibility.”

Who the hell woke this guy up. Now wake up the other 534 Senators and Congressmen and we might have a free country again.

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By Paul, January 30, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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One of many battles that will be required to close a tragic period of our Office of the Presidency. I truly expect many hearings to wrap up Bush/Cheney et. al. The actions of this body will save American lives from a fool and his arrogance. I hope we all survive the last days of W?

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By Polly Ester, January 30, 2007 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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“I would respectfully suggest to the president that he is not the sole decider,” Mr. Specter said. “The decider is a joint and shared responsibility.”

But Cheney would say:  I’m the Vice-President and they’re not”

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By Rodney Matthews, January 30, 2007 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush call himself the decider because the congress refuses to challenge him on anything. For years we have had a rubber stamp congress who was manipulated over fears from 9-11 and anyone who challenged Bush was labeled as aiding and abetting the terrorists. We can see the results of the lack of congressional oversite as over 3000 Americans have been killed in Iraq. 400 billion of American dollars have been wasted. Osama Bin Missing and Al-zahari are still making tapes and videos as if the were rap stars,and Afganistan has more herion than Columbia has cocaine. Not to mention the fisasco our invasion of Iraq has caused,civil war,a empowered Iran,North Korea building nuclear weapons,lies exposed by the outing of a CIA officer,and tens of thousands of American soldiers with permanent disibilities. Lack of oversite is responsible for allowing the Decider to decide. Congress needs to become the Decider by cutting off the funding for the war immediately!

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By trantieungoc, January 30, 2007 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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The Senate has to tie Bush’ hands up with all your mighty forces. We let him doing crazy things over 6 years will be enough. Please stop him from killing more our troops and Iraqi people. His killings in 3 years will also be enough !

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By Bukko in Australia, January 30, 2007 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment
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How dare the Parliament challenge King George? What do they think America is, a republic or something?

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