Senate failes to invoke cloture regarding the Patriot Act debate.
The filibuster lives, baby.
This means, for the time being, the renewal has failed.
The Senate needed 60 votes to override a filibuster and end debate, which is called "invoking cloture." Cloture would have brought the Patriot Act to a final vote, allowing the Senate to renew it by a simple majority.
But only 52 senators voted to cut off debate; 47 voted against cloture.
The move lays the groundwork for a high-stakes showdown.
Bush has said he would veto a three-month extension, arguing it would be inadequate. But without an extension, 16 provisions could expire at the end of the year. There's also the possibility the Senate could still manage to bring the Patriot Act to a vote before the December 31 deadline.
Sununu, *Lieberman, Craig, Frist, Hagel, and Murkowski jumped the fence. If they're yours, call 'em and tell 'em thank you. They're going to be under pressure to change their votes.
If your guy isn't on the list (first link above, ACLU), call and give 'em hell.
*...what? You say Lieberman's a Democrat?