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April 17, 2008

Huh? Democrats Blocking Investigation Into Don Young

Why would they block investigation into a corrupt Republican?

Only if they feared such investigations themselves in the future.

Just got shot this press release. They're requiring a supermajority vote on it.


Coconut Road Investigation Imperiled by Partisan Tactics

Senate Democrats To Force Supermajority Vote on Coconut Road Investigation

After claiming that an investigation into the Coconut Road earmark was needed, Senate Democrats have set a supermajority threshold (60 votes) to require an investigation.

In addition, it appears that the lengthy delay between the debate and the vote is not coincidental as a number of sources indicate that Democrat leaders have been making “threatening” calls to Senate offices warning that a vote for the Coburn amendment would kill the underlying bill, which is tucked full of election-year earmarks.

Less than two years ago, Democrats promised to “drain the swamp” and “break the link between lobbyists and legislation” if given control of Congress. It appears that the new majority has instead made “the swamp” a protected wetlands for politicians, lobbyists, and campaign contributors.

Although the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee called the Coconut Road scandal a “real problem” and that those involved in it “ought to go to jail,” the attempts to force a supermajority vote to launch an investigation prove that the Democrat majority is not serious about getting to the bottom of the controversy.

The failure of the committee to investigate the improper enrollment after it was discovered, the failure to include an investigation in the underlying bill, the intentional delay of a vote for political reasons, and the imposition of a supermajority requirement for passage would appear to be nothing less than more of the same from Washington politicians. This will lead directly to further erosion in the confidence of the American public in Congress.

Votes are expected at approximately 3:30 p.m.

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