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Reform Feud Cools (Harry Reid Takes a Dive and Is Fuming!)
thehill.com ^ | 1/18/07 | Elana Schor

Posted on 01/18/2007 6:22:18 AM PST by beyond the sea

The Senate yesterday cooled down a partisan conflagration over the breadth of earmark reform in its lobbying and ethics bill, voting unanimously to adopt an amendment strengthening earmark disclosure rules offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) with modifications from Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

DeMint’s amendment would require members to attach their names to earmarks appearing in report language as well as bill text, would expand the definition of a targeted tax benefit, and would ensure earmarks sent through federal entities are covered by the disclosure standard. Democratic leaders initially sought to quash DeMint’s bid after 10 majority members crossed over to vote against tabling the amendment last Thursday, but DeMint ultimately struck an agreement to pass Durbin’s modifications.

The Senate is set to vote today to invoke cloture on a substitute amendment strengthening the ethics bill’s gift and travel curbs offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who aims to vote on the underlying legislation by Friday.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bummer; harry; humiliated; reid
DeMint makes Harry Reid want to go back to boxing.
1 posted on 01/18/2007 6:22:20 AM PST by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea

What exactly are Durbin's 'modifications'?


2 posted on 01/18/2007 6:39:24 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: beyond the sea
"We're from the Most Ethical Congress in history, and we're here to help".


3 posted on 01/18/2007 6:44:19 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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To: sportutegrl

I'm not sure, but Harry Reid is really pissed about this. I heard him on TV and he is bent out of shape because many Dems. walked away from his scrawny *ss on this matter.


4 posted on 01/18/2007 6:44:39 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: wouldntbprudent; ConservativeMan55; Popman; SuzyQue; popdonnelly; gotribe; Two Kids' Dad; ...

ping


5 posted on 01/18/2007 6:45:10 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Actually Kerry voted against Reid.


6 posted on 01/18/2007 6:45:48 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: beyond the sea
Now was that before or after he voted for him? It's so hard to keep all of this straight in my mind.
7 posted on 01/18/2007 6:49:23 AM PST by Frwy (Eternity without Jesus is a hell-of-a long time.)
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To: beyond the sea

Was that....before he voted FOR Reid?

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"Actually Kerry voted against Reid"


8 posted on 01/18/2007 6:50:46 AM PST by XenaLee
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To: Frwy

ROFL


9 posted on 01/18/2007 6:51:28 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: XenaLee; Frwy

ROFL ......... again.


10 posted on 01/18/2007 6:52:22 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: sportutegrl

What exactly are Durbin's 'modifications'?




and What was the "deal" that was struck.


11 posted on 01/18/2007 6:54:44 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE (Free speech for thee, but not for me?)
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To: beyond the sea

Well if Reid is pissed then it couldn't have been much.


12 posted on 01/18/2007 6:57:59 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: READINABLUESTATE

What exactly are Durbin's 'modifications'?
and What was the "deal" that was struck."

You don't have a need to know.


13 posted on 01/18/2007 7:04:33 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: sportutegrl

How can one tell if Reid is truly pissed? He always looks pissed!


14 posted on 01/18/2007 7:44:05 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: beyond the sea
Robert Bluey: How bloggers took on Harry Reid and won on earmark reform

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In the meantime, bloggers sent e-mails to Jon Henke, the newly hired new-media director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It’s Henke’s job to deal with bloggers, and if there was ever an occasion, this was it. Despite McConnell’s support for DeMint’s amendment, an Associated Press story reported otherwise, and Reid implied as much on the Senate floor.

McConnell’s staff got the message. Thursday evening, Henke e-mailed bloggers, “Sen. McConnell is supporting Sen. DeMint and doing everything we can to make sure that the Democrats don’t destroy earmark reform.” By the next day, Henke was keeping bloggers appraised of the latest developments.



15 posted on 01/18/2007 9:26:41 AM PST by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT.)
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To: READINABLUESTATE
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116909282887479883.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks

More amazing was Democrats' new enthusiasm for oversight. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin -- who started off trying to tank Mr. DeMint's reform -- finished by passing an amendment (also 98-0) that requires lawmakers to post their earmark requests on the Internet 48 hours before a vote. (The House version of the bill simply requires a public disclosure form.)

I found this on WSJ.com, Durbin's admendment requires earmark requests to be posted on the Internet. It's a good thing.

16 posted on 01/18/2007 10:12:46 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: windchime

danke


17 posted on 01/18/2007 10:36:54 AM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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To: Bitsy
How can one tell if Reid is truly pissed? He always looks pissed!

I disagree. He usually looks pissy not pissed.

18 posted on 01/18/2007 10:39:10 AM PST by NeoCaveman (good luck beats early rising)
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To: beyond the sea
You're welcome.

VIDEO: Sen. Jim DeMint Proposes Earmark Reform

19 posted on 01/18/2007 10:50:54 AM PST by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT.)
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To: beyond the sea
DeMint makes Harry Reid want to go back to boxing.

Harry Reid was once a boxer? Have always wondered why he looked punch drunk all the time.

20 posted on 01/18/2007 10:59:00 AM PST by jerry639
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Harry Reid was once a boxer?

Yes, I was very surprised too about the boxing. But, I must say, it gives me a certain respect for him. Boxing is one tough sport.

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Reid's self-effacing style belies his strategic political abilities. He has said that growing up among miners taught him how to settle things with a fight if need be. He was a middleweight boxer in high school and has admitted to getting "called out" a time or two for an old-fashioned fist fight.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/108th/bio_reid.html

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21 posted on 01/18/2007 8:39:58 PM PST by beyond the sea ( World Ending - Children and The Poor Hit Hardest)
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