Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Why things don't ever get done...





An article in the Washington Post this morning makes crystal clear why things never seem to get done in the United States Senate/Congress.

Here's the article in full.

The quote to take from the article:

The Senate's passage of a minimum-wage increase in 1997 created so much pressure on House Republicans in industrial districts in the Northeast and Midwest that GOP leaders were forced to bring the issue to the floor. Democrats are hoping to re-create that political dynamic.

But first they have to clear the Senate. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) used a procedural move yesterday to ensure that before any vote on the minimum wage, the Senate must vote on a Republican measure criminalizing the transport of a minor across state lines to get an abortion. That vote could give some swing-state Democrats so much of a headache that the two parties will agree to drop both amendments and go back to defense.

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The article is really about the different amendments being offered by the liberal and moderate wings of the Democratic party. I like the moderate version- but obviously either is better than "lie and die".

Here's a blurb from the article about the moderates' proposal:

"This amendment is not cut-and-run," said Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), who co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.). "This is not about a date certain" for a withdrawal, he said, but it is intended to spur the Iraqi government to prepare its army and police for self-sufficiency. Also endorsing the measure, to be offered as an amendment to the 2007 defense authorization bill, were Democrats Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Ken Salazar (Colo.).

They seem to be listening to me about cut-and-run. They seem to be reading my blog.

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