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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Controversial Earmark From Two Years Ago Rears Its Head Again in Congress

(Fox News) - Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn is calling for an investigation into a controversial last-minute changing of an earmark requested by Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young — who was then chairman of the House transportation committee. Coburn says he will object to the passage of any so-called "technical corrections" to the 2005 transportation bill — where Young's earmark was included.

Young's request for $10 million to widen Interstate 75 in southern Florida was approved. But after that he changed the language to authorize work on an interchange on I-75 instead — despite the fact the project was opposed by local officials. But it was backed by a real estate developer who had thrown a $40,000 fundraiser for Young that year. Now Coburn is asking Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for a committee of House members and senators to investigate.


Anonymous Nature Boy said...

Don Young is a shady character. He's a good example of why we need term limits.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:49:00 AM  

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