Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A mystery wrapped in enigma within a conundrum?

Patty Murray's Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act sounds like a slam dunk. Helping homeless vets and their kids? If we can, we must, right? Apparently not...
It was approved in committee with bipartisan support, and Murray brought it to the floor this morning, seeking unanimous consent. She didn't get it -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected on behalf of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who apparently was concerned about funding.
Apparently. Of course, when it comes to funding Dino Rossi, Tom Coburn's a yes vote...
Key Senate Republicans will be hosting a fundraiser for Rossi in northeast Washington (DC) with a reception where attendees could mingle with a dozen Senate incumbents. The $500-a-person event is being held at an address listed for Polaris Consulting, a lobbying firm that promises clients "unparalled access, expertise and experience."

Among the hosts will be Sen. Orrin Hatch, vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, Senate GOP Conference chairman. Sen. Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee are some of the others expected to attend.
Makes me wonder whether the budget is Coburn's only motive in blocking Patty Murray's bill.

What'cha think? Would Tom Coburn block assistance to the kids of homeless vets just to deny Patty Murray a popular - and necessary - legislative accomplishment?

And does Dino feel as good about taking Coburn's cash as Dave Reichert feels about his Barton bucks?

Mysteries abound and compound...

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5 Comments:

Blogger Martin Langeland said...

"Patty Murray a popular - and necessary - legislative accomplishment?"
Shaun:
How about: "Necessary -- therefore popular -- legislative accomplishment.
Puts the most important first? I think so.
--ml

6:26 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

I dunno, Martin. In another context that might be a good note, but from the perspective of the bad actor in this case, the need is parenthetical to the politics. One of Patty's greatest strengths is her acknowledged leadership on veteran's issues, so this is the vehicle they're using, but it could be any issue that might enhance Patty's (or any Democrat's, for that matter) stature and popularity.

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