The Talking Lion

Monday, June 20, 2005

Way to go, Dems.

And not sarcastically for once.

Democrats Block Attempt to Confirm Bolton

Senate Democrats today rebuffed President Bush's call for an immediate vote on his nomination of John R. Bolton to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, instead opting to keep debate open until the administration provides documents that Democratic leaders have requested.

The vote of 54 to 38 in favor of cutting off debate and sending the nomination to a floor vote fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed to invoke cloture. It was the second time that Senate Democrats had blocked an "up-or-down" confirmation vote on the Bolton nomination as demanded by Bush and Republican lawmakers.

Among those voting against the cloture motion were Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.). Crossing the aisle to vote with the GOP in favor of cutting off debate were Democratic senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

Well, they didn't huddle in the fetal position; it's a start. My senator had some stiff remarks for the Dems:
Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) charged that Democrats were "on a fishing expedition" against Bolton and said the effect of holding up the nomination was to "keep obstructing reform of the United Nations."

Man, who writes for these people?

Anyway, blue-staters everywhere can breathe a little and at the very least not be completely embarassed to be Democrats.


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