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how is this not front-page news?

John Conyers' blog on Friday has a post, Taking the President to Court.
  1. Senate budget bill passes.
  2. House passes slightly different budget bill.
  3. House leadership doesn't want to make their guys vote on the bill again, so they certify the Senate bill is the same as the House bill, and send it to Bush.
  4. Bush signs the Senate bill into law.
Edit: Hmm, it's not clear the change was significant enough to actually warrant a revote... I don't know:
As the measure was being sent to the House last month, a Senate clerk inadvertently changed that 13-month-restriction to 36 months, a $2 billion alteration. With the mistaken change, the measure squeaked through the House, 216 to 214.


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May. 1st, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's been in and out of the news for a while now. NPR ran a piece on it weeks ago.

The reason I don't think anyone cares is that a) it was a clerical error, not an error of say malice ... and b) the House and Senate had agreed to the measures already, that was what they were voting on and I don't think anyone seriously believes that the bill would have failed to pass if it was in its "correct" form.

Those suing, incidentally, happen to be those affected negatively by the budget cuts in the bill, so they aren't totally without bias here.

I agree, it's a bad precedent, I think that it should be heard in court, it should be fixed ... but conspiracy bait this isn't.
May. 1st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
To my mind it's just another corner that this president is willing to cut. I can't really blame the Dems for throwing everything at the wall and trying to make something, anything stick. He must be stopped. (In a friendly, nonviolent manner, government officials! No helicopters, please!)
May. 2nd, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
::incoherent snarling and gnashing of teeth::

It's like an awful Hunter S. Thompson piece, drawn out for far too long, on a trillion-dollar budget. When, O Lord, will it end?
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