FISA Debate and Vote - Live Thread
Update: Consideration of the bill has been postponed to January due to the number of proposed amendments and lack of time to consider them.
Update: Here's the transcript of Dodd's speech.
The Senate is debating S. 2248 to overhaul FISA. The bill contains retroactive immunity for the telecom companies.
A vote will begin shortly on whether to accept the bill. Right now they are moving to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed.
You can watch live on C-Span3.
Update: The Roll Call vote is happening. The room looks more than three-quarters empty. By unanimous consent, the mandatory quorum requirement is waived. 60 votes are needed to move forward with the bill. Clerk calls roll.
Sen. Leahy is expected to file a substitute bill stripping the telecoms of immunity.
Vote tally: Boxer, Feingold, Cantwell, Brown, Harkin, Wyden, Cardin, Kerry, Menendez and Dodd voted in the negative so far. Leahy and Durbin voted yes, as did Feinstein, Schumer, Kennedy, Specter, Levin and Ken Salazar. Again, this is the motion to invoke cloture to allow the bad Senate Intel Committee bill to proceed.
Vote total: Cloture is invoked. 76 to 10. Motion is agreed to. Harry Reid: No one intends to talk for 30 hours but some want to talk post-cloture. Reid wants everything from now on to take 60 votes, except for final passage. The rules don't require it, but they do take 60 votes to stop a filibuster. They are arguing about that now.
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