Senate Delays Vote on Spill Bill

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Senate still has a few things to do before it goes on August recess. From the "spill bill" to Elena Kagan, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on what has become known as the “spill bill.” Reid said Democrats were unable to get enough votes needed to pass legislation on offshore drilling before the August Recess. This is a blow to Democrats after efforts failed earlier in the year to pass comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation.A

Meanwhile, debate over Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination have been continuing and she will likely be confirmed.

The Senate is hoping to accomplish one more thing before the August recess, securing $16 billion in emergency money for state Medicaid programs and state workers. There will be votes on this today.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

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Me

A Kagan confirmation would really lower the standards for the Supreme Court -- no experience as a judge, AT ALL? What next, you don't even need a law degree? Why doesn't Obama just nominate ME for the Supreme Court!

I can understand that Democrats like the fact that she's a woman, and pro-choice, and things like that. I'm a woman. I'm pro-choice. But the fact is, there are LOTS of women out there who are all of those things, but also QUALIFIED. Kagan wasn't even much of a legal scholar and seemed to show no interest in constitutional matters, other than to make excuses for outrageous Bush policies like indefinite detention.

I can understand that Democrats like the fact that she's a woman, and pro-choice, and things like that. I'm a woman. I'm pro-choice. But the fact is, there are LOTS of women out there who are all of those things, but also QUALIFIED. Kagan wasn't even much of a legal scholar and seemed to show no interest in constitutional matters, other than to make excuses for outrageous Bush policies like indefinite detention.

If Kagan is confirmed, it could mean the end of habeas corpus, the right referred to directly in our Constitution (not an amendment) which prevents the government from "disappearing" people into a black hole, indefinitely (forever). They claim they're against habeas corpus for "terrorists," but the government calls everybody a terrorist these days, Republicans have even called striking school teachers "terrorists." Anybody who speaks against the government is a "terrorist," and it goes on. Kagan has also supported some other shocking government cases that I don't have time to list here. In essence, she may have good points, but that doesn't mean we can't do a whole lot better than Kagan.

Aug. 05 2010 01:32 PM

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