Thursday, April 27, 2006

Filibuster Underway!

Humphrey at DK has a post up about Ron Wyden's filibuster of the emergency spending bill:

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is currently filibustering the emergency spending bill in the Senate. He is offering an ammendment that would eliminate royalty relief for oil companies when the price of oil is above $50 a barrel. He simply wants a vote on his ammendment. This vote would eliminate subsidies to the oil companies costing billions of dollars. Obviously the Republicans do not want this ammendment to come to a vote as it would hurt big oil. It would put the Senators in a difficult position.

Of course, Repubs typically would spin this as Wyden being against the troops --- except that they've kinda handcuffed themselves by diverting some of the military spending in this bill and by Bush's threatened veto of any changes against the bill. I've also heard a rumor that the Jon Kyl, the Republican Senator from Arizons, is supporting this filibuster.

Or are they all against the troops? I mean isn't that the position one must take to be consistent with past rightwing nuttery.


  • If anyone has listened to this filibuster, Domenici is an idiot. Wyden may loss on his amendment, at least he took a stand, and repugs seem a touch on the desperate side.

    By Anonymous ykwia, at 12:18 PM  

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