The Fruits of Our Labors

Why IL-14 mattered:

It didn't take long for Bill Foster to make an impact in Congress.

Foster, a Democratic scientist/businessman, won a special election Saturday to replace retired former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in the House. He was sworn into his seat representing the exurban 14th Congressional District on Tuesday afternoon. By evening, he was casting what was arguably the deciding vote on a white-hot ethics bill.

The bill, pushed aggressively by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), creates an independent, outside panel to investigate ethics complaints against House members. The House approved it last night, 229-182, with most Democrats in favor and most Republicans opposed. That margin is deceptive: Before final passage, the bill first had to clear a much closer procedural vote, which gave House members a chance to kill the idea without, technically, voting against it.

The bill survived that test by a single vote, with Foster voting in favor.

And we all know what Hastert's or Oberweis's vote would have been; only 4 Republicans crossed party lines to join the Democrats on this one. This is why we do what we do and this is a perfect example of how every congressional election impacts us all, not just those in district.

Tags: Bill Foster, ethics reform, House, IL-14 (all tags)

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Re: The Fruits of Our Labors

Nice!  By the way, Obama sponsored a bill that would have done something very similar in the Senate.  I don't believe it went anywhere, but it was a good bill.  This is a way to work around those Ethics Committee deadlocks that used to frustrate so many of our efforts to go after corrupt Republicans.

by Steve M 2008-03-12 02:33PM | 0 recs
Let's have a thread that's primary-free

I hear you on that comment, but let's spend a couple minutes celebrating that we're all thrilled at Foster's victory and timely attendance of Congress.

One great thing about how Foster won is that he ran hard against immunity for the telecoms, against continuing the Iraq war, etc.  It wasn't a "let's pretend I'm a Republican" campaign.

I've heard he's going to join the Blue Dogs, and if that true at some point I'm sure I'll be angry with him, but what a great win and great start for him in Congress.

by bosdcla14 2008-03-12 03:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Let's have a thread that's primary-free

I fully expect to feel betrayed by every Democrat at some point in time.  It's a condition of party membership.

by Steve M 2008-03-12 03:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Let's have a thread that's primary-free

so true.

by omar little 2008-03-12 06:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Let's have a thread that's primary-free

I think that tends to be more true for democrats/liberals (particularly politically active ones) because we expect a lot more from our party than republicans expect from theirs.

by Quinton 2008-03-12 07:12PM | 0 recs
Re: The Fruits of Our Labors

Good stuff. Any good news for our party these days is welcome, even yesterday's "House Dems don't capitulate to White House" on telecom immunity.

Having said that, things very rarely really come down to one vote. Likely a few others voted no once they realized that it would pass. Had Foster not been there, some arm-twisting would likely have worked. (Of course, you can only lose so many single votes before this doesn't work anymore.)

by OrangeFur 2008-03-12 02:45PM | 0 recs
We're going to have a good crop

of new Dem congressfolks...

Foster, Donna Edwards -- let's add Kissell, Seals, Burner, and a number of others.

by zonk 2008-03-12 02:57PM | 0 recs
Thank you, Barack Obama

Even Foster admits, it was Obama's coat tails that brought him in.

by Walt Starr 2008-03-12 03:18PM | 0 recs
Our Labors?

we all know that Clinton got Foster elected.

by Erik 2008-03-12 03:24PM | 0 recs
Sorry...

I was Being SusanHu or was it Alegre?

by Erik 2008-03-12 03:29PM | 0 recs
if you want to be susanhu

your comment has to be more hit piece.

by kindthoughts 2008-03-12 04:13PM | 0 recs
Sweet!!! n/t

by kindthoughts 2008-03-12 04:13PM | 0 recs
Re: The Fruits of Our Labors

It didn't take long for (Barack Obama) to make an impact in Congress.

by Chango 2008-03-12 04:47PM | 0 recs
Three cheers for Foster

Yay!

by Trey Rentz 2008-03-13 11:31AM | 0 recs

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