Lieberman won't have to trudge through blizzard for Senate vote
By Paul Kane
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not be making a long walk through Saturday's blizzard to save the $626 billion Pentagon spending bill, having been assured by Republicans that he can spend the Sabbath at home in Connecticut.
Lieberman, an orthodox Jew who refuses take cars on Saturdays, when he generally does not work unless compelled to do so, has returned home to Connecticut to celebrate the Jewish holidays with family. Lieberman will not be on hand for the expected Saturday morning vote on the Defense Department's budget.
In normal times, this would not create any issue, but these are not normal times.
Pro-war Republicans, after years of pillorying Democrats as against the troops, tried early Friday to filibuster the defense bill in an effort to delay consideration of the health-care bill. Democrats had to produce all 60 senators in their caucus to break the first filibuster attempt by Republicans, after which three GOP senators rushed up to cast their votes along with the military.
Last Saturday, facing a similar 60-vote threshold on a different bill funding much of the federal government, Lieberman went to his synagogue for morning services in Georgetown, then walked 3.5 miles on a blustery morning to the Capitol to cast the decisive vote for Democrats.
Such a venture this Saturday could have been perilous, given that a massive snowstorm is barrelling down on Washington and the first of several votes is slated for 7:20 a.m.
But Republicans have given Lieberman the necessary assurances that they will allow him to be with his family."After being assured by Democratic and Republican leaders that his vote was not needed to pass the Defense Appropriations bill, Senator Lieberman went to Connecticut to spend the Sabbath and the last night of Hanukkah with his wife, Hadassah, and their children and grandchildren," Marshall Wittman, Lieberman's spokesman, said Friday.
However, Democrats could be in an odd jam if the storm turns worse than expected and airports remain closed through Sunday, since Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to hold the first key test vote on health-care legislation by 1 a.m. Monday.
December 18, 2009; 9:30 PM ET
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