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01/18/07--Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during a news conference on the ethics and lobbying bill being considered in the Senate. Senate leaders have been unable to untie the political and parliamentary knot stalling passage of the most extensive ethics and lobbying overhaul since Watergate. Angry Democrats, who lost a critical vote Wednesday night that would have shut off debate on the bill (S 1), denounced a Republican filibuster that was aimed at forcing them to allow a vote on a non-germane amendment granting the president line-item rescission power. The Democrats threatened political retribution in 2008 Senate elections and declared that the line-item proposal would never get a vote if Republicans keep trying to attach it to the ethics and lobbying bill. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

01/18/07--Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., during a news conference on the ethics and lobbying bill being considered in the Senate. Senate leaders have been unable to untie the political and parliamentary knot stalling passage of the most extensive ethics and lobbying overhaul since Watergate. Angry Democrats, who lost a critical vote Wednesday night that would have shut off debate on the...
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