TLP: Once Big Bird Takes You Down, Maybe You Lose Your Nerve
Kind of disappointing. You'd think the Republicans would at least try to be serious about the things they said they wanted to fix in Washington when they won the majority in the U.S. House. But after they failed to kill funding for public broadcasting, they just haven't learned and now have a whole list of supercritical problems to address.
Politico looks at the latest GOP maneuvers:
Rep. Darrell Issa is focused on menopause, condoms, malt liquor and video games as the House considers how the government should spend taxpayer money over the next seven months.Pitiful. Especially after Issa had laid out a plan to investigate some pretty high-profile issues. Oh well, he can still go after the Postal Service.
The California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee submitted a slew of amendments yesterday that would ban government-funded studies of how well men use condoms, the effects of integral yoga in treating hot flashes for menopausal women, whether video games improve old folks’ mental health, the use of marijuana in conjunction with malt liquor and with opiates, and the impacts of a possible soda tax.
Issa’s assault on silly-sounding studies represents just a small slice of the 180 amendments that House Republicans and Democrats prepared yesterday for the trillion-dollar continuing resolution that would fund the government through Sept. 30. There were already 403 amendments in the hopper, meaning nearly 600 were drafted before yesterday’s deadline. Many of them are duplicative, will be ruled out of order on the House floor or will not be offered at all. Most amendments are expected to fail.