The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12 to 3 on Tuesday to confirm John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
However, Brennan may have at least one more hurdle to clear before final confirmation, namely, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has vowed to block his nomination until the White House provides more information on its secretive drone program.
The Kentucky senator doesn’t have the 41 votes necessary to prevent a cloture vote, which would block Brennan’s confirmation, so he’s doing the only thing he can do: He’s stalling all senate business with an honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned filibuster.
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA,” Sen. Paul at approximately 11:45 a.m ET on Wednesday.
“I will speak until I can no longer speak, I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important, that your right to trial by jury is precious, that no American should be killed on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court,” he added.
And it looks like he’s in it for the long haul.
He sure is. It's been around twelve hours now. I'm not sure any democrats have found this issue important yet but it looks like Obama's got some splainin' to do tomorrow. Do you think Obama will address this personally and publicly?
For fairness, here is the huff link. Looks like even a lot of their liberal commenters are liking it too and wondering where their party's at.
Edited by -Mr_Fess-, 07 March 2013 - 04:56 AM.