Monday, December 19, 2005

Feingold Takes on Stevens

This morning, Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold made an excellent speech lambasting Ted Stevens and his colluders for inserting the ANWR-opening provision into the Defense Department appropriations bill. That circuitous maneuver was approved by the House early this morning, since members were understandably unwilling to hold up passage of a bill to fund our men and women in uniform. The Senate will take up the bill in the coming days.

Feingold's main point is very important. Senate rules prohibit the insertion of language into a conference committee report that was not in the version of the bill approved by either chamber. Neither the House nor Senate drafts of the DoD appropriations bill included the ANWR language, so technically it should not be allowed. But the little paragraph inserted by Ted Stevens into the conference report basically says that the Senate rules are suspended so that the ANWR provision can be included ... and then once it's passed, the rules are immediately reinstated. Ridiculous.

The senator from Wisconsin is correct. This end-run around the Senate rules should not be allowed.

[Update: TMV has more on this. Don't miss Joe's post. -- 11:18 a.m.]


At 2:10 AM, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

No, it's even better than that. The ANWR provision was inserted into the conference committee report after many of the participants had signed off on it. They had to cheat even to get the provision out of the committee.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Gunner said...

I think this is wonderful. It is about time we started to move forward on this.

If the white flag party continues to offer nothing but obstructions then they simply need to be left behind.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Marie said...

There isn't enough oil in alaska to make a difference. We could use it in 2 months. I just don't understand why they don't get it.


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