The US Senate has yet to vote on the FISA Amendments Act, which grants immunity to telecoms for any illegalities they commit in the service of government intelligence-gathering and expands executive branch powers over surveillance; Slashdot reported earlier today that the vote won’t occur until after the July recess.
But as firedoglake pointed out, the most crucial Senate vote on the FISA bill happened on Wednesday of this week, when the Senate voted to invoke cloture–a parliamentary step that prevents Democratic opponents of the bill led by Chris Dodd and Russ Feingold from stopping it via filibuster.
The Big E at MnBlue notes that Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar provided one of the Democratic votes for cloture. She was hardly alone; only 14 Democrats and one independent voted against the measure. That roll call: Biden (D-DE), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA), Dodd (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Harkin (D-IA), Kerry (D-MA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders (I-VT), Schumer (D-NY) and Wyden (D-OR).