Frist went on the Senate floor a few moments ago and complained that the Senate wasn’t going to vote soon enough to censure the President. Watch it:
Frist added that the President’s warrantless domestic surveillance program was not just lawful but “a very good lawful constitutional program.” Many of his conservative colleagues disagree.
FRIST: Just to clarify, he has said his intentions representing the other side of the aisle is to offer a resolution to censure the President of the United States of America for a program which I have said and I will restate is a lawful program, is a program that is constitutional, and is a program that is vital to the safety and security of the American people.
And my response to that with the unanimous consent request was, if that is the case and if that is the position of the Democratic Party, that we’re ready to vote at 5:30 or after our 5:30 vote today. That unanimous consent request was objected to by the other side of the aisle, and then the second unanimous consent request that I propounded was that we would vote, after a series of stacked votes tomorrow, on the resolution to censure. There was an objection from the other side of the aisle.
When we’re talking about censure of the President of the United States at a time of war, when this President is out defending the American people with a very good lawful constitutional program, it is serious business. If it is an issue that the other side of the aisle wants to debate or to debate through the night, I guess we’re willing to do that as well. But the censure of the President is important, and if they want to make an issue out of it, we’re willing to do just that.