Washington Post spins the ‘halting’ of the Senate ethics and lobbying reform bill

Posted by: ST on January 18, 2007 at 3:05 pm

The Washington Post reports today that Senate Republicans ‘halted’ ethics and lobbying reform last night over an alleged ‘unrelated measure’, and quoted liars like Senator Harry Reid as portraying the Republicans as “against reform.”

Not so fast, though. Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard breaks through the spin of the Post’s report and points out that in actuality that the ‘unrelated item’ mentioned in the Post piece is not unrelated at all:

It is not a “line item veto” nor is it an “unrelated measure.” Jonathan Weisman presumably has been reporting politics long enough to know that. The amendment would allow pork barrel items to be stripped out of unrelated legislation and sent back to Congress for an up or down, on the record vote. It is very much tied to ethics reform. The vote that failed last night was a vote on cloture. Harry Reid tried to cut off debate and eliminate an on the record vote for the amendment.

This is blatant political spin and is really beneath the Washington Post. Harry Reid needs to allow a simple up or down vote on the amendment. Everyone should be able to get behind a measure that would cut the pork barrel spending that is so often a political payback to lobbyists.

Buried deep within the WaPo article is the true guilty party on stalling this ethics reform bill (emphasis added):

Reid and McConnell worked to reach a compromise that would have brought the Gregg bill to a vote in the coming weeks, but that pact could not overcome the objections of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), an opponent of the line-item veto.

Yes, the Pork King of America.

Oh, and did I mention that Reid kicked and screamed about this bill before reaching a compromise with Senator McConnell?

There have been times when the WaPo has gotten it right on Republicans stalling bills (like this one) but this time they are just flat out spinning.

Speaking of Harry Reid and ethics and lobbying reform, Robert Bluey, editor at Human Events, writes in the Washington Examiner today about how bloggers took on Harry Reid on this bill – and won.

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  • 5 Responses to “Washington Post spins the ‘halting’ of the Senate ethics and lobbying reform bill”


    1. benning says:

      Everytime I find myself feeling embarrassed by the idiocy of certain Republicans, I can always count on a Democrat to show how much worse they coul be. Reid remains one of the sleaziest operators in Washington since Jim Wright. A true snake.

      The WaPo needs to clean house and try not to be the number two handmaiden of the Dems.

    2. Marshall Art says:

      If this is in reference to Senate Bill 1, the section 220 (I believe) warrants obstruction. That section would make it a huge pain in the hindquarters for groups to alert voters of pending legislation that might not be found pleasing to said voters. It’s a great accessory to McCain-Feingold. These groups, non-profits like Focus on the Family, would be accountable to the Senate in ways so unAmerican, that charges of fascism by libs against cons becomes even more laughable than ever. Obstruct away Repubs.

    3. Great White Rat says:

      Agreed, Marshall. Section 220 is so onerous that I believe even the ACLU is lining up to oppose it.

    4. Stephen Bainbridge explains Section 220 here.