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Meet the new boss (part 2)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, December 18, 2006

Same as the old boss:
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has pledged to stop ``dead-of-night legislating,'' did a little of his own in the final hours of this year's congressional session.

Reid slipped two home state projects into the last major bill Congress passed last week: a transfer of federal land in Nevada to state and private control that's almost two-thirds the size of Rhode Island; and a $4 million grant for a hospice. Neither had been approved by any congressional committee.

Reid said the land measure will help Las Vegas and other cities in his state grow and the hospice money rights a flawed Medicare ruling. One senator and some government watchdog groups criticized the actions, pointing to promises by Reid and the new Democratic majority in Congress to change a lawmaking process known for targeted funding and secretive deals.

``Doing anything last minute shoved into an irrelevant measure — that's exactly what Harry Reid said he was going to stop,'' said Steve Ellis, vice president of programs at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based nonprofit that monitors government spending. ``It goes against the grain of transparency and openness.''
Well it's not his Senate ... yet. He'll be "open and transparant" then.
 
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You and Jon sharing a brain today, McQ? See post above yours.
 
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"Reid said the land measure will help Las Vegas and other cities in his state grow..."

Yeah, I noticed Las Vegas is having a heap of trouble growing.
 
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You and Jon sharing a brain today, McQ? See post above yours.
Mine was up first. ;)
 
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