gotta love when the Bush League will only agree to something new and just when it can get confirmation its enablers won't get in trouble for the old and sinister arraingment it preferred ... Dems Muscle Through Surveillance Bill By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 10, 2007 Filed at 10:31 p.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats pushed their government eavesdropping bill through two committees Wednesday with only minor changes, setting the stage for a confrontation with the Bush administration. President Bush said that he will not sign the bill if it does not give retroactive immunity to U.S. telecommunications companies that helped conduct electronic surveillance without court orders. The measure advanced by the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees left out the immunity provision Bush wants. Democrats also voted down Republican attempts to tailor the legislation more to the administration's liking. ... A top Democratic leader opened the door to allowing an immunity provision. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the Bush administration must first detail what the companies did that requires the immunity. About 40 pending lawsuits name telecommunications companies for alleged violations of wiretapping laws.