Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Will Webb Get 60 Votes???

Last time Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia introduced an amendment to limit troop deployment, he received 56 votes, four shy of a filibuster-proof majority. But with Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota back in the Senate, Webb now only needs three more votes.

Next week, Webb is reintroducing the measure and The Swamp writes that prospects are looking good for the junior senator. Webb has been urging fence-sitting Republicans to break the stalemate and support the amendment and...he just might succeed.

Webb said he is getting new interest in his measure from some Republicans, including Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Ohio Sen. George Voinovich.

Virginia’s senior senator, Republican John Warner, could be warming to the measure too.

"He has indicated he wants to work with me,” Webb said. "There’s a strong possibility he also will join us.”

Howling Latina supports stronger action; but by golly, Webb's measure is a long overdue start!

H/T Vivian J. Paige; and here's a copy of the amendment.

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