Monday, June 11, 2007

Senate No-Confidence Vote On Gonzales Fails

The United States Senate today voted against a no-confidence resolution on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales when, by a vote of 53-38, the Republican minority kept enough people in line to filibuster the resolution and prevent a full vote. Sixty 'ayes' were needed to end debate and bring the resolution up for a roll call vote.

"There is no confidence in the attorney general on this side of the aisle," said Arlen Specter, (R-PA) the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who voted to move forward with the no-confidence vote on Gonzales.

"To vote no when one in fact agrees with the sentiments in the resolution is to cast a vote for the worst political reasons," said Chuck Schumer (D-NY), perhaps knowing that GOP Senators would once again fall in line with the Bush White House. "It's politics simply to cover for the president when you know that on this issue he is wrong. It is politics to know that Alberto Gonzales should not remain in office as Attorney General and then quietly, meekly cast your vote to keep him."

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