January 17, 2007


Senate Votes to Disclose Pet Projects (JIM ABRAMS, January 16, 2007, The Associated Press)

The Senate voted Tuesday to shine more light on thousands of expensive pet projects buried in legislation every year after the new Democratic majority bowed to a successful push by Republicans to make new disclosure rules even tougher than originally planned.

The vote was 98-0 to require senators to reveal the water projects, hiking trails, defense contracts or tax breaks for specific industries they insert in legislation. That unanimity came five days after Democrats, holding a slim majority, were thwarted by a GOP-led rebellion in advancing their own version of "earmark" reform. [...]

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the author of the amendment to the ethics bill, said the ability of the two sides to come together on the issue was "a good signal for the new Congress."

Translation; their need to bend to our will promises a fruitful two years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 11:07 AM

Pity the former GOP congress had no such need.

Posted by: dna at January 17, 2007 12:38 PM

Does the bill cover vice-presidents who open the dam waters so he can go kayaking for a campaign ad stunt and wasn't that caper in N.H.?

Posted by: erp at January 17, 2007 1:25 PM

Lindsay Graham better watch out - Jim DeMint is rushing past him at warp speed.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 17, 2007 1:29 PM

Jim - already done. But don't worry - Graham will get his creds back arguing that terrorists have more rights that you and I.

Posted by: AWW at January 17, 2007 2:45 PM


I cringe when I think of Graham going on Hannity's radio show to provide "Republican" commentary on the Judiciary Committee's handling of Roberts and Alito, while he was secretly stuffing Haynes in the freezer.

I normally don't get upset over conservative purity issues, but Graham is a fool. He will probably be re-elected (like Specter), but he's damaged himself and he isn't going to win any Democratic pats on the pack (if that's what he wanted). Does he think he has any credibility with Pat Leahy or Schumer?

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 17, 2007 3:18 PM

Not so fast, Harry's fighting against another amendment, he wants his pork....

Posted by: Sandy P at January 17, 2007 4:52 PM

Jim - I forgot to put the sarcasm tags on. Graham, like McCain, is not endearing himself to the GOP base. And DeMint certainly seems to be passing him in stature and popularity in SC which may be important in '08.

Posted by: AWW at January 17, 2007 9:35 PM