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Feingold introduces resolution to censure President Bush

RAW STORY
Published: March 13, 2006

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After Democrats and Republicans sparred over the amount of time allotted to debate and scheduled for the vote, Senator Russ Feingold introduced a resolution to censure President George W. Bush for violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Feingold's full remarks to the Senate are available here.

No time was set for a vote on the resolution.

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Reaction from Democrats has been largely divided. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has declined to say whether or not he'll support it. Joe Lieberman (D-CN) has rejected the motion. Aides to former presidential nominee John Kerry (D-MA) earlier told RAW STORY that he'll support the resolution, though his office admits they've yet to see it, and other media outlets are reporting that the Senator will first take a "closer look" at the document. Other Democrats are busy trying to figure out exactly how to go about handling the resolution, which aides believe will dominate the their attention this week.

Republicans have largely reacted to the move with contempt. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) attempted procedurally to push the resolution to a speedy vote, and limit debate.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), after blasting Feingold for exiting the chamber immediately after delivering his remarks, called the resolution to censure "excessive," explaining that "the President may be wrong, but he has not acted in bad faith."

The resolution may be read in its entirety here.



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