Senate limits Gonzales' hiring authority94 - 2!
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors...
...the Senate by a 94-2 vote passed a bill that would cancel the attorney general's power to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation.
Essentially, the Senate returned the law regarding the appointments of U.S. attorneys to where it was before Congress passed the Patriot Act, including the unilateral appointment authority the administration had sought in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The House of Representatives today followed the Senate's 94-2 vote with their own vote of
By a 329-78 vote, the House today followed the Senate in passing legislation that repeals a Patriot Act provision “that grants the Attorney General the authority to make indefinite interim appointments of U.S. Attorneys, who can then serve indefinitely without Senate confirmation.” House votes to strip U.S. Attorney provisionThis means that it is veto proof. the sucker will probably try some little trick. He can't use the pocket veto but he may just not bother to sign it thus allowing it to quietly become law.
Now, if we add to this that some of the Republican elite are now starting to say the I word [impeach] and we may have the beginning of sanity...