Thursday, October 06, 2005

Veto-proof?

Finally. This is (shockingly) great news, for a change:

"Senate Supports Interrogation Limits: 90-9 Vote on the Treatment of Detainees Is a Bipartisan Rebuff of the White House"


Snipped from the Washington Post:

"Forty-six Republicans joined 43 Democrats and one independent in voting to define and limit interrogation techniques that U.S. troops may use against terrorism suspects, the latest sign that alarm over treatment of prisoners in the Middle East and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is widespread in both parties. The White House had fought to prevent the restrictions, with Vice President Cheney visiting key Republicans in July and a spokesman yesterday repeating President Bush's threat to veto the larger bill that the language is now attached to -- a $440 billion military spending measure."

Kudos to John McCain for really pushing this issue. Just before the vote, McCain read a letter of endorsement from Colin Powell. Maybe there's hope for those two guys yet.

I had thought that the 90-9 vote would make it veto-proof but I guess I just don't have a grasp of U.S. lawmaking...apparently the House is not keen on attaching this to the defense spending bill and if they don't vote in high enough numbers, then the White House can still succeed with their kaibosh.

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