Senate Approves Bill To Repeal Gonzales' Hiring Authority

The Senate has Senate voted to repeal the secret Midnight Patriot Act provision that granted AG power to appoint interim US Atty's without Senate confirmation:

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.

. . . With a 94-2 vote, the Senate passed a bill that canceled a Justice Department-authored provision in the Patriot Act that had allowed the attorney general to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation.

. . . Essentially, the Senate returned the law regarding the appointments of U.S. attorneys to where it was before Congress passed the Patriot Act, including the unilateral appointment authority the administration had sought in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

More on the bill from Jeralyn.

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    it's about time (none / 0) (#1)
    by chicago dyke on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 12:34:12 PM EST
    i guess it takes the senate this long to realize that they should, you know, read the bills before they vote on them, or bad things will happen.

    Has anyone read it? (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 01:08:01 PM EST
    I heard a rumor that the supplemental funding bill was attached to it. ;-)

    Heh. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 01:13:23 PM EST
    Has anyone called you any names yet today, Sarc? ;-)

    Nope, (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 02:27:37 PM EST
    but the day is young!