Senate Passes 9/11 Intelligence Reform Bill

The final vote was 89 - 2. Opposing the bill were Sen. Robert Byrd (D-VA) and James Inhofe (R-OK), undoubtedly for different reasons. Byrd got it right:

Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, said consideration of the 615-page bill was rushed and lawmakers shouldn't have voted on something ``stampeded'' to the floor.

``We cower like whipped dogs in the face of political pressure,'' he said before the vote. Byrd and Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma voted against the bill.

You would think Congress learned their lesson with the Patriot Act. Apparently not. Black mark for Congress today.

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