Thursday, August 31, 2006

Crying Foul

My, my. Seems there's more to the secret-hold flap relating to government contracting than one pork-loving, transparency-hating Republican senator from Alaska.

Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd says he put a secret hold on the measure, too.
Byrd merely wanted more time to evaluate the legislation that would create a new database of some $2.5 trillion in federal spending on contracts, loans, financial assistance and insurance.

“Senator Byrd wanted time to read the legislation, understand its implications, and see whether the proposal could be improved,” Gavin said.

Gee. That sounds familiar. I could swear that I recall, and quite recently, someone else saying something similar.

It seems that some things really do transcend mere party-line politics.


Added: Seems to me that this quote works when applied to Byrd as well:
"We had the perfect irony of a senator's putting a secret hold on legislation designed to guarantee public transparency about pork," said Paul Kiel, a blogger-reporter for the website