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“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Russ Still Fighting the Good Fight on the USA-PATRIOT ACT

Today at 3PM EST, the Senate resumes consideration of S. 2271 the USA-PATRIOT Act Amendments bill. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 96-3-1 that the Amendments as proposed were "good enough." Russ took the whole Senate to task, saying:

Back in December, 46 Senators voted against cloture on the conference report. I think it's clear by now that the deal makes only minor changes to that conference report. The Senator from Pennsylvania, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and primary proponent of the conference report in this body, was quoted yesterday as saying that the changes that the White House agreed to were ``cosmetic.'' And then he said, according to the AP, ``But sometimes cosmetics will make a beauty out of a beast and provide enough cover for senators to change their vote...''

It's hard for me to understand how Senators who blocked the conference report in December can now say that it's such a great deal. It's not a great deal--the conference report is just as flawed as it was 2 months ago. No amount of cosmetics is going to make this beast look any prettier.

Robert Byrd, Jim Jeffords, and Russ Feingold were the only Senators to vote against moving ahead with this deeply flawed legislation.

Hillary Clinton thought these cosmetic changes were good enough. John Kerry thought they were good enough. Harry Reid thought they were good enough. Evan Bayh thought they were good enough. Do we want any of these sellouts as our next President?

Not me. Russ Feingold in 2008.