January 18, 2007

THE DOG UNWAGGED:

Republicans Halt Ethics Legislation: Senators Sought Virtual Line-Item Veto (Jonathan Weisman, January 18, 2007, Washington Post)

Senate Republicans scuttled broad legislation last night to curtail lobbyists' influence and tighten congressional ethics rules, refusing to let the bill pass without a vote on an unrelated measure that would give President Bush virtual line-item-veto power.

The bill could be brought back up later this year. Indeed, Democrats will try one last time today to break the impasse. But its unexpected collapse last night infuriated Democrats and the government watchdog groups that had been pushing it since the lobbying scandals that rocked the last Congress.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2007 1:18 PM
Comments

Baloney - it was almost the same as KKK Byrd offered in 1995.

So, they want activist bloggers to register, eh?

Thanks, Maverick.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 18, 2007 2:21 PM

Are you buying into the MSM template? The bill was 'scuttled' because Reid didn't want recission authority to pass, and the GOP saw their chance to get it through.

Reid killed the bill, not the GOP.

As Sandy noted, if Reid really wanted to move the Senate, all he had to do was roll over Byrd. But he wouldn't do it.

Posted by: ratbert at January 18, 2007 3:35 PM

If the MSM storyline is that the majority can't pass legislation without giving the minority a veto over it then, yes, I'm a buyer.

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2007 6:06 PM
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