Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Senate GOP moves gun bill atop list

Very simply, you can't make this stuff up:
Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved the National Rifle Association's top priority ahead of a $491 billion defense bill, setting up a vote on legislation to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits over gun crimes.

Completion of the defense bill, which the Senate had been debating for a week, will now be delayed until fall. Democrats were incensed.

"What's happening on this gun liability bill is really despicable," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. "To put that ahead of the defense bill, I think, is the most distorted priorities I can possibly conceive of." (Full story)

...With strong support from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, used a technical maneuver to halt debate on the defense bill and move to the contentious gun legislation sponsored by Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican.

...The bill could eat up much of the Senate schedule before lawmakers leave at week's end for a monthlong vacation. The House passed a similar bill last year but has taken no action on it this year.

There are your Republican priorities.

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