Sunday, July 09, 2006

Hard At Work

Protecting our values. AP (07.09.06):
"Could a Republican-controlled Congress pass a bill to protect the words 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance from court challenges? No problem, especially if proposed during the patriotic season leading up to the Fourth of July, Republican leaders thought. No way, it turned out. The bill, the first item on the GOP's election-year 'American Values Agenda,' couldn't get past a House committee." Republican Priorities Stalled in Congress
The Republicans "couldn't [even] blame the flameout on Democrats. One of the GOP's very own, Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, voted no. Seven other Judiciary Committee Republicans skipped the panel's meeting entirely." They did manage to get something done, however. "With two-thirds of the 2006 legislative calendar spent, Congress has passed and sent President Bush only two pieces of major legislation. One renewed the terrorist-fighting USA Patriot Act while the other extended $70 billion in tax cuts, roughly divided evenly between investors and middle-income families." If you want a sense of where a lot of these guys are coming from these days, check this out.


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