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View Diary: Montanans Launch Recall of Senators Who Approved NDAA Military Detention. Merry Christmas, US Senate (104 comments)

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  •  It is nearly as bad. (0+ / 0-)

    The last-minute compromise was heavily watered down from 3 previous amendments proposed to the bill in the Senate, all of which were voted down. Only 49 senators -- and not all of them Dems -- voted for any of those amendments. A couple more and we might have gotten a much better compromise. Each and every one of the remaining 51 -- and a couple of the 49 like Sheldon Whitehouse, who supported only his own amendment, and his cohort Reed from RI -- need to face a serious amount of accountability for this.

    However, both Tester and (surprisingly) Baucus voted in favor of all of the amendments to fix the bill, some of which would have done the opposite of the bill and clarified that the executive does not have the power to indefinitely detain citizens under any circumstances. See roll call votes here, here, and here.

    Virtually all of the "no" votes on the final NDAA legislation (all except the two Idaho senators, along with Coburn and DeMint, who may just not want rich people to have to pay a dime to defend the rest of us; see here and here), both before and after conference, were "yes" votes on at least two of the more substantial amendments. Trying to find 50 votes against the conference report would have been extremely difficult, most likely impossible; only 53 senators in total opposed the bill or supported amendments to fix it at any stage, and not all for the same reason.

    I too would have preferred more debate leading to acceptance of a more substantial amendment, but recalling Tester and Baucus for not casting a symbolic vote in this circumstance (which would inevitably have been labeled as not Supporting The Troops) would be the height of foolishness.

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