Friday, April 25, 2008

Reid is at it again

Maybe it has something to do with the warmer weather in Washington DC. Whatever it is, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has started using procedural tricks once again.

Last year he tried “clay pigeons” and “rule 14” to push through amnesty for illegals with a minimum of press exposure and debate on the topic.

Well, Harry is trying to invoke “rule 14” once again, this time over legislation on Medicaid rules. Rule 14 allows a bill to bypass committee and go right to a vote, with Mr. Reid controlling if, and when it is put on the schedule.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This Medicaid bill might be the right thing to do. What I don’t like is when someone like Reid derails the process in an effort to get his way. This manipulation of the rules prevents adequate exploration and exposure of the issue.

We need a more transparent government, not one that:
*plays with last-minute earmarks that have nothing to do with the body of the bill and
*imposes rules changes for the sake of controlling the outcome.

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