House Passes 9/11 Commission Bill With Veto-Proof Majority newsvine furl google yahoo netscape

Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives delivered on one of its 100 hours proposals and passed a bill to implement much of the remaining 9/11 commission recommendations. The bill passed with a veto-proof 299-128 majority including 68 Republicans.

It remains unclear as to what the bill's chances are in the Senate. With the Senate split 50-49, with one democrat hospitalized, sixteen Republican Senators would have to vote along with the Democrats to pass the bill with a veto proof majority. 10 would have to side with the democrats just to see the bill come up for a vote at all.

One of the most controversial provisions that may hold up the bill in the Senate is the redistribution of anti-terror funds toward border states and more high-risk targets. Earlier allocations guaranteed a minimum of .75% of total funds to each state regardless of their risk. Smaller states are disproportionately represented in the Senate with Wyoming (the smallest) and California (the largest) having the same number of votes. Senators from small states would most likely be voting dollars away from their state in order for this bill to pass. Are there really that many altruistic senators? We'll see. I guess it all depends on who's up for re-election in 2008 and doesn't want to come down as soft on terror.


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