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.

4 Responses to “ Update: Bob Casey and Pat Toomey Vote AGAINST Udall Amendment ”

  1. Oliver L. says:

    I find this article totally confusing; did the Pennsylvania senators vote against the *bill* or the *amendment*, and why, if the amendment would allow the president to keep citizens incarcerated indefinitely, would someone who voted for it say its passage would put every American at risk?

  2. rechill says:

    They voted for the amendment that stripped it of any use against American citizens. Why Republicans would hand a Democratic Executive the power to do this is beyond belief, unless you believe that the party labels are meaningless and the object is ever increasing government power and control.

    Everyone of these senators must go! This is pathetic.

  3. Fara says:

    Okay, let’s put it in simple terms. I am a registered republican and voted for Toomey. *I WILL NEVER MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN*

    There was the Bill itself that allows American Citizens to be imprisioned indefinitely. TOOMEY and CASEY said “OKIE DOKIE!”

    There was an AMENDMENT to the BILL that said American Citizens will *NOT* be imprisoned indefinitely. TOOMEY and CASEY said “OHH NO! WE CAN’T LET AMERICAN CITIZENS BE PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION! IT’S A-OK TO IMPRISON THEM IN GITMO WITHOUT CHARGES OR TRIAL! For as long as their bodies continue to function..or until we think they’ve been in prison long enough.”


  4. I'mPissed says:

    This is not the only issue we the people should be angry about. Even if SB 1867 gets a presidential veto it won’t matter. Two reasons why; #1 there’s already executive orders in place that have all the bad stuff in play already. #2 congress can vote and make it law without the president. We should be tar and feathering these criminals right now just for even thinking about passing this trash. If you have 7 days of food, your a terriost. What the hell goes on in their heads? I’ve passed kidney stones bigger than their common sense. I personally have had enough of the idiots in charge, give me liberty or give me death.

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