Curious and curiouser. I've been meaning to post about the upcoming extension of certain Patriot Act provisions but time got away from me and it came up for a vote. It seems Dennis Kucinich challenged the new Tea Party Republicans to put their Constitutional love where their votes are and shockingly they voted it down.
A measure to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law through December failed the House Tuesday night, with more than two-dozen Republicans bucking their party to oppose the measure.It seems Boehner's procedural trick that required a two-thirds majority backfired on him. But I fear the celebration will be short. It no doubt will come to a vote under a different rule that only requires a simple majority. Still, doubt the establishment Villagers will be celebrating, but bi-partisanship baby!
The House measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and required a two-thirds majority for passage, failed on a 277-to-148 vote. Twenty-six Republicans voted with 122 Democrats to oppose the measure, while 67 Democrats voted with 210 Republicans to back it. Ten members did not vote.