The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Political gaming is getting old (9/8/2006)

“The political high jinks of last week once again points to the need for what Baird is calling a ’72 Hour’ bill”

The Olympian
“Political gaming is getting old” (editorial) Aug. 8, 2006

Political gamesmanship was in full play late last week as Congress lurched toward its annual summer recess.

Just hours before adjournment, the U.S. Senate rejected by a 56-42 margin a 1,400-page bill patched together and approved by the Republican-controlled House that both raised the federal minimum wage and reduced the federal estate tax.

This is legislation at its worst, tying two very important public policy issues to the same bill when each should be considered its own.

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Over on the House side… representations had just a few hours to digest the bill before an 11th-hour vote before summer recess…

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Adding insult to the democratic process, the Republican majority in the House dropped a very complex pension bill on the House members’ desks the same day as the tax breaks/minimum wage bill.

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The political high jinks of last week once again points to the need for what Baird is calling a “72 Hour” bill to require that pending legislation be posted online for the public and members of Congress to read for at least 72 hours before it is brought up for a vote (emphasis added).