Defamation in the Congressional Record, hoorah!
Well here’s a nice tactic: take an otherwise innocuous legislative amendment designed to exempt grandmothers and Greyhound drivers from liability for transporting a minor across state lines for medicinal purposes, and rewrite the summary to say the amendments are all about protecting rapists and pedophiles. Attempts to change the summaries back to something halfway accurate failed in the Rules Committee on a party-line vote. As Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) put it:
At least five amendments to this bill, which were designed to protect the rights of family members and innocent bystanders from prosecution under this bill, were rewritten as amendments designed to protect sexual predators from prosecution and were then included in the committee report as if that was the original intent of the authors. The thing is, sexual predators were not mentioned anywhere in any of these amendments.
We can argue over how well [a bill or amendment] has been written or what language it should include to be more effective. But regardless of how that debate turns out, the caption on the top of that bill or amendment serves to instruct the American people as to what original intent of that legislation was.
It serves as an unbiased reading on what that amendment aims to accomplish.
To falsify and rewrite that description as a political attack, is not only unprecedented, it is fundamentally dishonest and it is an abuse of the power given to the Majority by the American people.
The Democrats had better get cracking on those retaliatory bills to provide for veterans and prevent maniuplation of the energy market.
And, dude, legislators have diaries on Daily Kos? Dude.