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OK — this is a start, if you reject Coburn November 18, 2010

Posted by WillardWhyte in Musings, Politics.
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Bipartisanship and constructive collaboration often begins with the little things — rather, with the easier things. Ones with a shared objective, like this food safety bill that maybe can move.

And breaking the back of things that sow the seeds of discontent also can start with smaller steps — like flatly rejecting the “Christmas Tree” approach to lawmaking Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) would employ here. It’s back-door lawmaking and it needs to stop — tacking an amendment onto a bill that looks like a good thing, hoping to either kill it with a “poison pill” or piggyback something through you are not forthright enough to put to a vote on its own merits.

Coburn wants an earmark clause on a food safety bill.

Just say ‘no’ to this sort of crap.  If an amendment is not germane to the matters considered in the main bill, it is trickery designed to confuse the matter, game the system or avoid a clear up-down legislative statement and, hence, out of order.

 

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