Up All Night

(Sen. Harkin gives us the low-down from the Capitol. Leave your comments and his campaign will try to get to them as soon as possible--if you haven't noticed, they're a bit busy up there. - promoted by Chris Woods)

Earlier tonight, I stood on the floor of the Senate to show my support for our men and women in uniform by trying to bring them home.

As you know, the Senate held a rare all-night session because Republicans are filibustering our efforts to get an up or down vote on re-deploying our troops out of Iraq.

It's that simple.

In an extraordinary display of fealty to President Bush and his failed Iraq policy, Republicans are literally refusing to allow a vote on an amendment to bring home our soldiers and reduce the U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The American people deserve to know where every Senator stands on the most important issue facing Congress. We must not allow Republicans to block an up or down vote with procedural semantics.

I wanted to make sure my colleagues knew where Iowans stand on the issue. So earlier tonight, while on the floor, I read some letters that I have received from Iowans, including Iowa soldiers and their families.

I hope that this one sleepless night in the U.S. Senate will awaken Republicans to the reality that their loyalty belongs not to the President, but to the American people.

  • Levin's amendment

    Isn't Levin head of the committee which sent this bill to the floor?

     Why didn't he put his amendment in the bill when it was in his committee? 




  • Harkin flees again

    Once again the Senator has left a good question unanswered.  He has worn out my welome.

    • It is busy on capitol hill

      Sen. Harkin's staff is busy up on Capitol Hill dealing with the follow-up to the Defense Authorization bill and the rejection of Levin-Reed, the College Cost Reduction Act, and other general obstruction being conducted by Republicans.  In addition to that he's got other work to do and his campaign staff can't always get to him for an immediate comment.  Patience is a virtue and politicians aren't subservient to bloggers and commenters.

      I'll make sure to let Ryan Alexander at Harkin's campaign know you're still waiting for a response to your question.

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