Thursday, August 31, 2006

Update: Sen. Stevens Is the Sneaky Bastard

By Cassandra D

Turns out that Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is the one who put the hold on the federal spending disclosure bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn and Sen. Barak Obama.

And it turns out that Coburn had already outed him a few weeks ago, so it wasn't a big secret after all. But I didn't know it and I was right about that "R," wasn't I?

Furthermore, Sen. Stevens' office apparently has done its best to keep a lid on the Senator's nefarious deed, as well as on the legislation in question.

... a spokesperson for Coburn's office disputed the idea that Stevens had been open about the hold.

"This hold was a secret," Coburn spokesman John Hart said. "His office has ignored media and bloggers' calls about this issue for weeks. We had to ask Stevens if he was the hold. His staff has still not met with us."

"Senator Stevens sits on the committee where this bill was considered and never raised any objections because he skipped the hearings," Hart said. "His specific concerns were addressed at the hearings he skipped, and his office has yet to meet with us to discuss his concerns despite repeated requests."


At 1:40 PM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

You know, I keep wanting to say, "OK, but not ALL Republicans are trying to screw over the American people," but they Stevens does this and Istook is running for governor to punish Oklahoma and Conrad Burns is bascially telling freedom-lovers to randomly attack foreign-looking cab drivers.

Then I remember there is ONE good Republican, the blue-est of the bunch, Lincoln Chafee, except he'll be gone as soon as Dems in Rhode Island start counting seats.

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Coburn is notorious for his "secret holds" on bills. You may not be familiar with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
now pending before the U.S. Senate. It would put limitations on employers and
insurers accessing genetic information and instituting discriminatory
practices based on its use. Who wouldn't support this bill?

Dr. Tom Coburn(R) senator from Oklahoma who carries his medical credentials
on his shirtsleeve (he prefers Dr. over Senator) and claims on his website
that one of his top priorities is access to health care that's who.

While this bill passed 420-3 a few months ago in the House (an extremely
rare bipartisan showing particularly in this Congress)Senator Coburn has
put a hold on the bill in the Senate preventing it from coming to the floor
of the Senate for a vote despite overwhelming bipartisan support in that
chamber. So much for fulfilling his promise to constitutents. It just goes
to show its politics as usual for Senator, oops, I mean Dr. Coburn!


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