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Kucinich's Bill Is Under Discussion on the Floor

Published: Wed 7 Nov 2007 10:27 AM
Kucinich's Bill Is Under Discussion on the Floor of the House and on C-Span
See up to the minute updates from David Swanson at afterdowningstreet.org
4:14 p.m. Hoyer moved to refer the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee. Kucinich tried to avoid that and get a vote on the resolution, but - unable to do that - asked for a vote on the decision to refer to committee. Hoyer withdrew his motion and then unwithdrew his motion. Boehner asked for 40 minutes of debate. Serrano as chair seemed clueless for a while, and then ordered a procedual vote on whether to vote on sending to committee. If this new 15-min vote passed, then they will vote on whether to send to committee.
4:02 p.m. Over an hour into this 15 min vote, 78 Dems are voting Nay on tabling, joined by 164 Republicans in an apparent stunt to surprise the Dems and bring the issue to the floor -- which the Republicans will regret if the Democrats actually debate it and debate it well (admittedly a remote possibility). They will say over and over and over that this has divided the Democrats. Not outside the Beltway it hasn't. Over 3/4 of Dems want Cheney impeached.
Currently 142 Dems to table, 78 not to, 13 not voting; 28 Repubs to table, 164 not to, and 9 not voting. Most of the Republicans switched their votes, and for some reason the leadership kept the vote open for over an hour, allowing them to do so. No doubt the Republicans want to get the Dem leaders on tape on the floor defending Cheney against impeachment. But how smart is it of them to allow the topic to gain attention. The evidence, after all, is overwhelming that Cheney has committed impeachable offenses.
2:54 p.m. Hoyer moves to table.
Kucinich asks for Yays and Nays.
15 minute recorded vote begins.
C-Span quotes sentence from Tribune with lie about impeachment dividing the Dems' base.
C-Span brought on Sabrina Eaton from the Plain Dealer to talk some more trash.
http://www.c-span.org
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