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Apparently 98-0 means nothing to the Democrat Senate
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

If the Senate took a vote on a bill or amendment and passed it 98-0, you'd probably believe they were unanimous in their support for the item in question, wouldn't you?

Well that's precisely what the Senate did when, in January, they passed the transparancy rule by that margin. But ... there's always a 'but' when it comes to Congress ... they've never implemented it.

On March 29th, Sen. DeMint, who had sponsored the rule, went to the floor of the Senate to ask unanimous consent that the rule be implemented.

You can watch what happened here:


The Democrat objection, made by New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, resulted in the Senate still being free to earmark spending in secret. The excuse, given by the majority, is that they were unaware the unanimous consent was going to be requested (which, per Sen DeMint's office, is untrue).

So here we are, still spending in secret through earmarks after all the noise made by Democrats that they intended to stop the practice of earmarking. You see, they think we don't know the rule hasn't been implemented and so are content to let the 98-0 vote stand while never implementing it.

DeMint and 4 other Senators have now notified the Majority Leader, by letter, of their intent to bring the rule to the floor again for unanimous consent. No excuses this time.

If the Dems block it this time, it's on their heads.
 
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I seem to remember a similar vote total re: Kyoto, which the Democrats had absolutely no problem with until a Republican got into the Oval Office.
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
URL: http://thelibertypapers.org/
You mean all that talk of ending a "Culture of Corruption" was just empty campaign sloganeering?

I am shocked, shocked.
 
Written By: TallDave
URL: http://semirandomramblings.blogspot.com
Bravo to DeMint for at least trying. It coulda been as easy as 1-2-3.
 
Written By: meagain
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If the Dems block it this time, it’s on their heads.


Yes,they don’t care,and they will block it again. For the public this is arcane political mumbo jumbo which done not affect them. It will make the news for a day or two then, quickly be forgotten. It will not be a campaign issue in ‘08. It only matters to those who care about the nations governance. A small and dwindling cohort.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
You see, they think we don’t know the rule hasn’t been implemented and so are content to let the 98-0 vote stand while never implementing it.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’re mostly correct in that assumption as well...
 
Written By: shark
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http://public.cq.com/docs/cqm/cqmidday110-000002491239.html
Senate Democratic leaders gave in today to conservative demands to bring a new level of transparency to earmarks, announcing that the Appropriations Committee would immediately adopt rules revealing the sponsors and the recipients of earmarks.

The move would force senators to certify they have no financial conflicts of interest involved with spending projects they propose.

The move announced by Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia was an attempt to pre-empt an ongoing effort by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and a handful of other conservatives to force a change in earmark rules. DeMint and other Republicans quickly rejected the gesture, saying the committee rule change was merely cosmetic and not a substitute for enforceable Senate rules overhaul.

The proposed rules had already been adopted as part of a larger Senate lobbying bill (S 1), but that bill has seen no movement in the House. DeMint has been complaining that the rules should be changed immediately so the often mysterious process of earmarking funds for special projects can be dealt with during the current appropriations season.
 
Written By: Jeff
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I seem to remember a similar vote total re: Kyoto, which the Democrats had absolutely no problem with until a Republican got into the Oval Office.
Yup. BTW, Brad, congrats on our win as GA’s top homebrewer ... I’m impressed!
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Yes,they don’t care,and they will block it again. For the public this is arcane political mumbo jumbo which done not affect them.
The Democratic senators could say they were for it before they were against it. In fact, I think I’ve heard that from a Democratic senator before.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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This is one reason why as critical as I can be of Republicans, I will not identify with Democrats (I can list numerous other reasons as well).
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
Thanks, McQ!
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
URL: http://thelibertypapers.org/

 
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