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Senate GOP Looks to Block No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales

Senate Republicans moved to block the no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales proposed by Democrats. The NewsHour reports on what the resolution means for the White House.

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  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    The resolution before the Senate this afternoon was only one sentence long and read by the clerk at the outset of the debate.

  • SENATE CLERK:

    … the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Majority Democrats brought the resolution up in an effort to force their Republican colleagues to go on record as to whether embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales deserves support.

    SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D), California: I find this a major abdication of the duty of a leader.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Mississippi Republican Trent Lott called the move a "political stunt."

    SEN. TRENT LOTT (R), Mississippi: Is this what the business of the Senate is really all about, a nonbinding, irrelevant resolution proving what? Nothing.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter agreed, but acknowledged he was one Republican who had lost confidence in the attorney general.

    SEN. ARLEN SPECTER (R), Pennsylvania: And there is no doubt that the department, at the present time, is in shambles.

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