Dems’ Effort to Limit Surveillance Bill Is Blocked
Posted on Sep 13, 2006
The November elections can’t come soon enough….
Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to rein in President Bush’s domestic wiretapping program Wednesday, endorsing a White House-supported bill that would give the controversial surveillance legal status.
Under pressure from the Bush administration for quick action, the full Senate could take up the measure next week.
Progress on a companion bill in the House was not as tidy, in part because GOP leaders and Bush are intensely negotiating restrictions it proposes on the surveillance program. Even as the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Chairman Arlen Specter’s bill to the Senate floor on a party line vote, the same panel in the House abruptly canceled its scheduled markup.