Senate Passes Defense Authorization

The final vote was 86-13. No votes were Lee, Paul, DeMint, Risch, Crapo, and Coburn (the last three not on civil liberties grounds), and Cardin, Wyden, Sanders, Durbin, Franken, Harkin, and Merkley.

I’m sure Obama will sign this in time for us all to be indefinitely detained this weekend.

Update: Senator Franken sent out a statement explaining his no vote. It ends, “Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, and this wasn’t the way to mark its birthday.”

6 replies
  1. phred says:

    There was a time when I would have found this news shocking.

    That was a long time ago.

    Nonetheless, thank you for continuing to record the events of our decline and fall…

  2. MadDog says:

    @Kris: Not me. These days Congresscritters almost never vote against a Defense bill for fear of being labeled “soft”.

    That’s why I’ve thought that Repug Senator Lindsey Graham snookered everybody in the Senate by successfully using Democratic Senator Carl Levin as his “cat’s paw” in writing into US law in a Defense Bill written by the Senate Armed Services Committee that with which he could never have gotten passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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