North Dakota Long-Tail Weasel
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), possibly the only known tail-less Weasel in North Dakota
Latest from Hoeven vis-á-vis getting the Keystone XL pipeline approved comes from this story.
That approval apparently is still on President Obama's desk.
Part of the story that got my attention is that he and I guess some other Republicans have said they intend to keep pursuing pro-Keystone legislation. Hoeven said earlier today (
January 6, 2014, which was the day the new
Congress was sworn into office), that he is considering attaching the Keystone measure to must-pass legislation like
appropriations bills (in other words: blackmail to force Mr. Obama's hand to approve
the pipeline, or lose an important bill that the pipeline provision is attached
to). All in all, it’s a lousy stunt and worse, a very nasty threat.
A word on this type of blackmail, for surely it is. Why do I say that? Because the threat of attaching it to a “must-pass” bill is raw blackmail ... i.e., a must pass bill is a measure, considered vitally important, that must be passed and enacted by Congress, e.g. funding for a function of government or to even keep government open. Because of the time-sensitive nature of these bills, they are often amended with policy provisos, or “riders” that are totally unrelated to the principle function of the bill itself (call them pet projects and such blackmail and ransom notes).
Nice way to start the new year, isn’t it?
Many Opponents Have this View of the Pipeline
(I tend to agree with them).