Update: Bob Casey and Pat Toomey Vote AGAINST Udall Amendment
Surprise, surprise: In the battle to keep Provision 1031 out of the National Defense Authorization Act Bill, Sen. Mark Udall’s amendment (partially detailed here and here) was up for a vote this afternoon. It was crushed by a 37-61 vote.
The Udall amendment would have taken out a requirement in the Defense bill to try suspected al-Qaeda suspects in military custody and, many say, allow the president to keep American citizens incarcerated indefinitely. Sen. Rand Paul, who voted for the amendment, previously stated, “If these provisions pass, we could see American citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay…This should be alarming to everyone watching this proceeding today. Because it puts every single American citizen at risk.”
As previously stated, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield” and Sen. Lindsey Graham, in support of the bill, stated it will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield.”
Forty-four Republicans and 17 Democrats voted against the amendment, including Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. Which means Pennsylvania is 0 for 2 today on civil liberties — but at least it’s bipartisan! That’s what really matters.
In Casey’s defense, he can now combat Republican Senate candidate Steven Welch’s claim that Obama and Casey are basically the same person.
Because the vote has now set up a veto fight with the Obama White House. Assuming the threatened presidential veto happens, there is not a two-thirds majority, according to this vote, for an override.