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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Senate Passes Coburn-Obama, Frist Praises Victory for "New Model for Participatory Democracy"

NEWS FLASH: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-TN, acted quickly after the most recent anonymous hold was removed this evening on Coburn-Obama and put the bill before the full Senate, which approved it 100-0!

Said Frist on his VOLPAC blog after the vote:

"The passage of this legislation is a triumph for transparency in government, for fiscal discipline, and for the bipartisan citizen journalism of the blogosphere ... the unprecedented synergy between online grassroots activists and Senate leadership provides a new model for participatory democracy in action."

Go here for the full Frist statement.

Now all that remains is a Senate-House conference committee to work out differences between their chambers' respective versions of the bill, then both chambers to pass the conference committee version and send it to President Bush, who is expected to sign it.

Folks, I've been working on this proposal for more than five years. This is a sweet night!