Senate Republicans appear to be playing political games with the bailout plan and the tax extenders bill. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) are working to team this legislation for what appears to be two reasons. First, they are attempting to bring an end to the current session as many members would rather dedicate the remainder of the year campaigning than doing their duty. The taxpayers are not paying you to campaign. We expect the Senate to do its due diligence in reviewing, considering, and voting on legislation. These two issues are too important to rush through just so senators can go home early for the year.
Second, senate Republicans are using the tax extender bill as a negotiating chip. Senate Republicans are following standard operating procedures by throwing a potpourri of issues into a single bill. This corrupting procedure is used to solicit votes and become two faced on the campaign trail. Senators want to be able to say that supported this but not tell you that they sold the country out to do it. How is it possible for a senator to cast a clear vote on legislation that says, we the senate have decided that the country should now be socialist and we the senate have decided that we should extend tax breaks. This corruption leads to bad legislation, earmarks, out of control spending, and bad policy.
Senator Grassley, do not allow these pieces of legilsation to be joined. Both bills are bad for this country in their current forms and every senator should go on the record by voting for or against each individually.
Originally posted 10/01/2008 on Grassley Watch