Thursday, November 17, 2005

When egos run wild ...

Nice try, boys! As they say to the losers at the rodeo: "Let's all give 'em a big hand, folks. That's all they're gonna get!"

Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) named buildings after THEMSELVES in the Labor-HHS Appropriations conference -- which they oversaw!

The 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Conference Report (109-300) names two new buildings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after the Chairman, Senator Arlen Specter, and Ranking Democratic Member, Senator Tom Harkin.
But rule XXI of the House Rules for the 109th Congress states:

"6. It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that provides for the designation or redesignation of a public work in honor of an individual then serving as a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or Senator."
By late Thursday, the conference report went down in flames when the House voted down the request.
No doubt both men feel they deserve the honors, and we wouldn't be surprised if both men suspect that there will be no mad rush to honor them after they are gone. Perhaps this little shenanigan will insure that no building will EVER bear their names.

This is when you know that it is past time for voters to give two men an involuntary retirement.


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