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November 02, 2007

Obey: "That isn’t the first time someone has failed to understand my logic."

I believe that.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey is planning to put the Veterans Affairs spending bill and the bloated Labor/HHS/Education spending bill together. The point is to keep Republicans in the Senate from voting against the combined bill and to make President Bush think twice about vetoing it.

“It will be up to Republicans in the Senate whether they want to turn [their] back on our veterans right before Veterans Day,” said Patty Murray of Washington, a member of Senate Democratic leadership who sits on the Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee.

Such slimy tactics rarely go as unnoticed as Democrats would like, especially now that everybody is primed to bash Congress. Low approval ratings, here we - oh? You don't think they can get any lower?

David Obey and Ted "I-Like-Bridges" Stevens argued in conference:

“This bill will undoubtedly be split,” said Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), a senior appropriator.

But House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) warned that if Senate Republicans sustain a point of order to split the bill, they would be held responsible for holding up funding for veterans and military personnel.

“I fail to understand your logic, sir,” Stevens said.

“That isn’t the first time someone has failed to understand my logic,” Obey retorted.

Good comeback, Congressman.


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