Tuesday, September 26, 2006

AP reports wiretap bill unlikely to pass before Congress leaves

The billls currently in House and Senate to approve giving Bush's warrantless wiretapping programs is not likely to pass before the congress goes home after this week. House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio said the House will vote on their version this week, but the differences between the Senate and the House version are too great to make any reconciliation likely before the end of the week. Associated Press.

Congress has to break so that members can go home and campaign before the November 7th elections. The White House had expected the Bill to pass quickly, but the unexpected delay caused by the objections of so-called moderate Senators led by Sen. McCain [R - AZ]set the timetable back several weeks.

The Congress already has a backlog of unprecedented size that must be acted on in the lame-duck session after the election. In addition, the Army Chief of Staff has refused to even submit the budget bill for the Army until it is increased from about $90 billion to about $130 billion dollars.

I guess that's what happens when you let a radical White House administration operate a war with no Congressional oversight for four years. Can you say "Do Nothing Congress?"

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