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Democrat Harry Ried: Earmark Reform Hypocrisy?  
User currently offlineOU812 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 843 times:

More BS byproduct from the 1st 100 hours, perhaps???

HHhmm scratchchin 

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Harry Reid Twists Arms to Kill Earmark Reform
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngk_6Neclo0

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001983.php

LA Times: Through Earmark, Reid May Have Boosted His Land Value

By Paul Kiel - November 13, 2006, 1:41 PM

The Los Angeles Times does their muckraking duty this morning, taking a look at the new Democratic leadership's penchant for earmarking. And what did they come up with?

[/b]Soon-to-be Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) secured millions to build a bridge near to land that he owns, likely increasing its value[/b]

Last year, Reid earmarked $18 million in federal funds for the bridge linking Nevada and Arizona by traversing the Colorado River, just a few miles from Reid's 160-acre undeveloped plot on the Arizona side of the border. According to the Times, Reid "valued the Arizona land at $500,000 to $1 million in his most recent disclosure, which reported total assets of at least $2.2 million."


http://www.examiner.com/a-514975~Rob...eid_and_won_on_earmark_reform.html

Robert Bluey: How bloggers took on Harry Reid and won on earmark reform

WASHINGTON - In ways both big and small, bloggers are changing how business is done on Capitol Hill.


Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., learned firsthand last week the effect bloggers can have on public policy when he was handed the first defeat of his short tenure as majority leader.

It all started last Thursday when conservative Sen. Jim DeMint,

R-S.C., sought to strengthen the Senate's ethics reform bill by amending it to include the same earmark reform language in the House-passed version. Reid's deputy, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., tried to kill the amendment, but nine Democrats broke ranks and backed DeMint. Instead of accepting defeat, Reid tried to twist arms and reverse the vote.

That's when bloggers took notice. Rallying to DeMint's defense, a coalition of bloggers, led by Andy Roth at the Club for Growth, documented Reid's strong-arm tactics. The Examiner's own Mark Tapscott and Ed Frank at Americans for Prosperity jumped on the story. I posted


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User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 836 times:

NPR just reported that Harry Reid and Republicans reached an agreement on this ethics bill last night. Guess who killed the earmarks reform?

Sen Byrd (D) of West Virginia.

Is anyone other than Democrat voters surprised by this?


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Quoting UALPHLCS (Reply 1):
Sen Byrd (D) of West Virginia.

Is anyone other than Democrat voters surprised by this?

No, I'm not. Isn't West Virginia the second home of the federal government, with all the federal projects that Byrd has gotten for his state? Guess to many hills in West Virginia or the space launch site would be there also.  airplane 


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 816 times:

Quoting UALPHLCS (Reply 1):
Sen Byrd (D) of West Virginia.

I see you conveniently left out the fact that Byrd wasn't objecting to the earmark issue, but to the last minute addition by the Republicans of line item veto authority for the president to the already negotiated and agreed upon ethics reform bill. Gotta give credit to McConnell, he effectively killed the ethics reform bill without having to take the heat for voting against it.



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User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 810 times:

The point was that Byrd was objecting because earmarks would be eliminated by the line item veto.

It seems perfectly resonable that the Line-item veto would help eliminate earmarks.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,244400,00.html


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 808 times:

Of course Byrd is objecting, no is surprised by this. As noted, WV survives on such earmarks. My point is that prior to the last minute surprise amendment sprung by the Republicans, the ethics bill was set to pass, over and in spite of Byrd's issues. But you are trying to pin this on Byrd when the fault lies in the typical game playing that is SOP these days.

And for the record, I support a line item veto, but that was not what Reid & McConnell had agreed to and set up for passage. This latest hold up is directly the result of that and NOT of Byrd's objections.



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