Senators for sale?

This item in the Christian Science Monitor raises some questions about how business is done in D. C. Of course, trading votes for favors is traditional. It’s called “log rolling.” Anyway, I guess we ignorant Arkies can only hope that Cousin Blanche got her fair shre for the folks back home.

Healthcare’s dealbreakers: Mary Landrieu likes her $300 million

Sen. Mary Landrieu says she won $300 million in aid for Louisiana for voting ‘yes’ in a key healthcare reform vote Saturday. But she has misgivings about the public option, which means the deals might not be done yet.

By Gail Russell Chaddock |  Staff writer/ November 24, 2009 edition

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On Saturday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana was pressed by reporters on whether she had cast a vote with Democratic leadership on healthcare in exchange for $100 million in federal aid to her state.

She seized the opportunity to correct the record.

“It’s not $100 million, it’s $300 million, and I’m proud of it and will keep fighting for it,” she told reporters after a floor speech announcing her support of a vote to begin debate on healthcare reform.

The exchange was vintage Landrieu. Once viewed as the most vulnerable red state Democrat, sure to be toppled at the next election, she
has been sent back to the Senate twice, by the same electorate that gave Republicans presidential candidates wins by double-digits margins in Louisiana.

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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