Senator and Presidential candidate Chris Dodd today released the following statement responding to the announcement that the Feingold-Reid legislation would be attached to the Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization:

"We should have a straight up or down vote on Feingold-Reid – not as an amendment to a water bill or any other bill.

This is the most important Senate debate since the original vote to authorize the war. This simply cannot be the occasion for hiding behind procedural tactics.

That is why I am calling on all my other colleagues running for President to state clearly where they stand on this important legislation by joining me as a co-sponsor of Feingold-Reid and stating how they would vote on the bill."

What's the deal here? It seems that the leadership has decided to bring up Feingold-Reid as an amendment instead of a stand-alone bill.  It's expected the Republicans will then filibuster the amendment and there aren't 60 votes for cloture, so Feingold-Reid would be blocked without a real vote – a real vote that would let us see who is willing to stand with the American people and vote to end the war. 

This is the kind of tricksiness (Pach's great word!) we saw with Lieberman and the Alito vote – and we're not going to let it slide by.

We want to see the other presidentials step up with Dodd and make this a real vote, not a parliamentary maneuver.  And for the candidates who are not in the Senate, we want to see them go on the record, support a real vote and tell us which way they would vote.

So Firepups – sounds like time to hit the phones and ask the presidentials to tell us where they stand and if they're willing to Stand Up!

Update: Phone numbers-

Reid – 202-224-3542  (thanks Phoenix Woman!)

Presidential candidates:

Obama: 202-224-2854
Clinton: 202-224-4451
Edwards: 919-636-3131
Richardson: 505-982-2291
Kucinich: 877-413-3664
Gravel: 703-652-4698