Sen. Chris Dodd is preparing to take to the Senate floor with a filibuster to thwart the legislative advancement of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it doesn’t include his proposed amendment, co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, that would prevent the Bush administration from retroactively letting big telecom companies off the hook for allowing the government to conduct warrantless surveillance on their networks.

“The Swamp” at The Baltimore Sun:

Said Dodd’s Deputy Campaign Manager Amos Hochstein:

“This is not something that happens very often. It is actually fairly rare. But the senator felt that this is what is needed in order to do whatever he could in the Senate rules to stop the bill from moving forward.

According to the Senate’s rules, Dodd must stand, he can’t sit for even a second or he loses the floor. He won’t be able to leave the floor of the Senate, not even for a potty break. He will lose the Senate floor if he yields to another senator for anything but a question.

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