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July 18, 2007

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Democrats Iraq Surrender Bill Defeated In Slumber Party In Congress

After All-Night Debate, Senate Rejects Measure To Bring Troops Home From Iraq

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a plan Wednesday to bring home U.S. troops from Iraq by early next year after spending an all-night session debating whether to demand President Bush change the mission.

The 52-47 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate and move toward passage. Four RINO Republicans voted with the Democrats, but only one new backer emerged after the 24-hour Democrat-orchestrated talkathon: Susan Collins of Maine who is seeking re-election next year. She joined three previously known Republicans supporting a troop withdrawal plan: Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon Smith of Oregon.

Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman voted against the troop withdrawal plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who strongly supports the withdrawal approach, voted no as a technical move that allows him, under Senate rules, to bring the troop withdrawal plan back to a vote at a later date.

After the vote, Reid temporarily pulled the defense authorization bill that also includes pay raises for service members, missile defense programming, rules on habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo Bay detainees, equipment development plans and other policies that help shape the military spending bill for the coming fiscal year.

Reid blamed Republicans for stalling forward motion.

Boy Harry Reid and Boy's are going to need a bit of the bubbly tonight. Hey Reid dont froget to Invite Teddy Kennedy!

"We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to pass the defense authorization bill. Why? Because we must," Reid said.

But Republicans argued that pulling the bill proves Democrats are only interested in Iraq, not the military overall. As Reid tried to move on to other issues, including homeland security and education authorization, GOP lawmakers objected, saying that the Senate should stay on defense authorization.

Calling it a "colossal waste of time," Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said the previous 24-hours of debate had been an "indignity" for the Senate, but the defense authorization package is still necessary.

The amendment to the defense authorization bill offered by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., called for combat troops to be out of Iraq by April 8, 2008, Thousands of troops would have been left behind for other missions, such as fighting Al Qaeda terrorists in that country.

"Just about everybody agrees there's no military solution to Iraq," Levin said during the debate. If Republicans get their way and block this change in mission, "We will be denied the opportunity to vote on an issue that just about every American has strong feelings on."

Senate Democrats had staged an all-night debate, complete with cots for lawmakers to sleep off the Senate floor, in a dramatic attempt to wear down Republicans who refuse to vote to begin to bring troops home by fall.

Republicans responded with a yawn — agreeing to stay around and respond to any votes that might be scheduled around-the-clock but remaining steadfast in their opposition to the Democrats' anti-war legislation.

Labeled a publicity stunt by Republicans, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the debate ended up "substituting our amateur theatrics for statesmanship."

"This is nonsense," said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

Added Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., of his Democratic colleagues: "I bet I can stay up longer than they can."

During debate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Levin's bill was unclear and wouldn't accomplish what Levin said it would do, and he said the president's security plan should be given until September to see if it works.

"Yesterday, I characterized the Democratic leadership's decision to hold us here through the night as a theatrical display more worthy of Hollywood than Washington. Indeed, anyone who watched it unfold might have thought they were tuning into an episode of 'The Twilight Zone,' " McConnell said.

As the Senate prepared to vote, nearly all the members were seated quietly, and none of the usual ruckus was going on during the vote. A few lawmakers could be seen whispering in conversations of twos and threes.

Throughout the night, the audience for the speeches was sparse despite Reid pushing through a motion on a 41-37 roll-call vote that instructed the Senate sergeant-at-arms to "request the attendance of absent senators" in an effort to keep them near the chamber. Having made his point, Reid than announced there would be no further votes before 5 a.m. EDT.

Thus, most senators got a chance for a few hours of shuteye even while a handful of their colleagues took turns droning on through the night with floor speeches. There was no indication how aggressively the sergeant-at-arms had been in carrying out his official instructions to keep members near the chamber — or whether he was insisting that they be awake.

As the vote was being taken, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice walked over to the Senate side of Capitol Hill where she was to lobby lawmakers on Bush's Iraq policy.

Rice's plans included spending up to five hours in the morning and early afternoon in group and private meetings in both the Senate and House. The focus would be Iraq and other foreign policy issues, including the Middle East, the official said.

While the issue was momentous — a war more than four years in duration, costing more than 3,600 U.S. troops their lives — the proceedings were thick with politics., the anti-war group, announced plans for more than 130 events around the country to coincide with the Senate debate, part of an effort to pressure Republicans into allowing a final vote on the legislation. A candlelight vigil and rally across the street from the Capitol was prominent among them, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., among those attending.

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Is this ever going to end? Cant the Democrat's quit putting on a show for the American people while we are trying to fight and Win the Global War On Terror?



Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

So now Harry Reid says, "fine I'll take my ball and go home." Pulling in a temper fit the entire defense spending bill which apprpriates for salaries, medical benefits, supplies and even food for the troops.

He is holding the money for our national defense and the suplying of the troops as well as a pay raise and medical needs for soldiers hostage because the wheenie did not get his way!

July 18, 2007 11:23 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

By the way did oy mean , "Slumber, " in your title. If , "Sluber , " is a word it would fit Democrats because it sounds like something that means sloth . LOL

July 18, 2007 11:24 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I agree, this whole thing was pure political propaganda.

Yeah while holding what our Troops need over thier heads, after sending our Troops into harms way, they were sleeping on cushy cot's while our Soldiers out defending this Country were breathing sand!

I hate Harry Reid and the RINO's in Congress.

Haha I spelled it wrong, I should change it to slobber party.

July 18, 2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger DD2 said...

Oh Lord, the thought of seeing Hillary, Nancy and Harry in their PJ’s is jut too much to think about.

July 18, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Yet another failed attempt by the Dumbocrats to seize defeat from the jaws of victory Marie!!

July 18, 2007 5:33 PM  
Anonymous realconservative said...

And in other news:

July 18, 2007 9:42 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I think the longer they do this the more of a chance Republicans will have of getting control back in 08, especially once more evidence of the surge working emerges.

July 18, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


LOL! What a sight that must have been. I was listening to Rush yesterday and he said "Can you imagine the Adult Diapers and Bedpans that were brought into this situation"? LMAO


You got that right :-)


Your link didnt show up. And who the heck really cares about Ron Paul? Well except for a handful of you people.


I think so too. What a sideshow. Congress approval is dropping fast, I dont know how much lower it can go lol

July 19, 2007 8:10 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Marie, the Dems, especially Reid, are causing so much frustration! They knew they wouldn't win this, but they just had to grandstand anyway. They're nothing but a bunch of whining little babies, still mad because Bush is in the White House. Too bad!

I hope and pray that the surge will be a proven success. The thought of them gaining control of the White House again is far too much to bear.

July 19, 2007 8:14 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Harry Reid said..."We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq".

How about getting behind the troops and the Americans that want victory. Reid admits every time he opens his mouth he is a loser. I hope he doesn't step aside as Senate Majority leader he has driven the the Congressional approval rating to 14% under the democrat leadership.

Somehow I don't think repectable democrats of the past would have dreamed that their once loyal and great political party would stoop to push for defeat of their country in order to gain political power.

July 19, 2007 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

These are today's liberal-led Democrats, and there is absolutely no resemblance between them and the patriotic Democrats I grew up among back in the 1950s and 1960s.

All this pre-adolescent melodrama with which they are insulting the public's intelligence has to be turning off a hell of a lot of more sensible Democrats and Democrat-favoring Independents.

I mean...

In just half a year as the majority party, they've turned the United States Congress into a friggin' cartoon.

July 19, 2007 12:41 PM  
Anonymous realconservative said...

Sorry the link didn't work. Here's the breakdown.

Military support for the republican candidates

RON PAUL: 24,965 [6,975] [6,765] [4,650] [5,075] [1,500]
McCain: 17,475 [6925] [6305] [1795] [800] [1600]
Romney: 3,551 [2,051] [0] [1500] [0]
Giuliani: 2,320 [1,450] [370] [250] [250]
Hunter: 1000 [0] [1000] [0]
Huckabee: 750 [250] [0] [500]
Tancredo: 350 [350] [0] [0]
Brownback: 71 [71] [0] [0]
Thompson: 0 [0] [0] [0]

Units are contributions in dollars by employees of the respective military organizations.

Source: Finance Reports for the 2007 July Quarterly.


49.5% Ron Paul
34.6% McCain
7.0% Romney
4.6% Giuliani
2.0% Hunter
2.3% Others

July 19, 2007 6:10 PM  
Anonymous realconservative said...

I guess the troops don't support the troops when it comes to military campaign contributions. ;)

July 19, 2007 6:12 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


The Surge is working and American's are not going to go for "We lost the war" anymore! The people are getting sick to death of this "Retreat and Defeat" attitude and they are beginning to take notice.


I think you are right, we need to leave Dingey Harry right where he is lol


I know what you mean, this is the most embarrasing Congress we have ever had. Roosevelt must be turning round and round in his grave at the thought of what the Democrat party has become.


Well you can post all the polls and drivel you want but I listen to the Troops and Generals on the ground and especially one near and dear to my heart :-) and NONE of them want to have a damn thing to do with Ron Paul. They dont want that freak in control of the US Armed Forces.

July 20, 2007 11:33 AM  

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