Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Whip it

Chris Dodd just wrote a bunch of us an email with practical suggestions for preventing telecom immunity in the FISA bill. I prefer to stop the FISA bill in its tracks, but here's what Chris has to say:

Let's get right to it and talk about how we stop retroactive telecommunications immunity from becoming law. The way I see it, there are three ways to get this provision stripped from the final bill:

1.)The first step would be to make sure the idea doesn't make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- where it will be considered shortly. If we can get it stripped there, it will have to be offered as an amendment to the overall bill where it will be a lot easier to get 41 votes against retroactive immunity than 41 to sustain my filibuster if necessary.

Take a moment and call up members of the committee, let me know what they said, and join others in tracking our progress in stopping the provision right there.

The other two ways:
2.) If retroactive immunity does make it out of committee, Senate leadership can honor the hold I've placed on any legislation that includes retroactive immunity. 3.) If leadership does not honor my hold, I remain committed to filibustering, and working to get the 41 votes necessary to maintain it.

This has the potential to be a long fight -- so let's build a solid foundation for our effort today by asking members of the Judiciary Committee to vote against any FISA bill that includes retroactive amnesty.

I'd like to see a little more spine, frankly, on these issues. People tell us they want to lead, but a little leadership right now would certainly be welcomed on these questions.
I don't want to, but I'm not afraid to do this alone. Chris

The links will take you to the phone numbers of Judiciary committee members who can vote to strip FISA of retroactive immunity. The chart at the bottom of this blog will indicate, over the next few weeks, how successful we were.

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