09-07-2006, 07:41 AM
Durbin was alot nicer then I would have been ....... I would have called him a liar right there on the floor .........
09-07-2006, 07:45 AM
09-07-2006, 08:24 AM
I sure hope Allen wins the GOP nomination for prez in '08. ;D
09-07-2006, 08:31 AM
Allen the slimeball.
Allen amendment to aid veterans stirs battle cry
Webb campaign alleges senator 'stole' language; Allen camp denies charge
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<!-- NO VIDEO CHILDREN --> WASHINGTON -- Virginia's Senate race is warming up, as reflected by a sharp exchange over legislative business -- and ethics -- on the Senate's first day back after its August break.
Republican Sen. George Allen introduced an amendment yesterday to put additional millions of dollars into facilities treating soldiers and veterans suffering from brain injury. Its wording was nearly identical to a similar amendment by Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.
On the Senate floor, Durbin eventually agreed to support Allen's version in a spirit of bipartisanship. But the sparring was starting outside Washington.
Within hours, the campaign of Allen's Democrat challenger, Jim Webb, issued by e-mail a statement that Allen "stole" Durbin's amendment and then called it his own.
Allen had used Durbin's funding figure and identical language but for one word, the Webb campaign said.
"This whole episode is shameful and not worthy of a sitting U.S. senator," Webb adviser Steve Jarding said in the statement.
The theft allegation "is a preposterous notion," Allen campaign manager Dick Wadhams shot back. He pointed out that Allen's amendment was numbered 4883 and Durbin's, 4884, indicating Allen's was filed first.
Allen and Durbin ultimately arrived at a common amendment in a bipartisan fashion, and it reflected changes that Allen agreed to, Wadhams said. He accused the Webb campaign of a disappointing and "very sleazy, political cheap shot" in order "to politicize something that was a bipartisan effort."
Wadhams said he did not know why the language of the two amendments was so similar, but the matter involved a "pretty straightforward issue."
Allen's amendment initially said funding up to $12 million for the brain injury program "may be available." Handwritten changes revised the measure to require that funding of $19 million "shall" be available, matching Durbin's amendment on those points.
Copies of the amendments were obtained from a congressional aide who did not want to be named.
In their floor remarks, Allen said he had not seen the wording of Durbin's amendment. Durbin said he had circulated a letter to fellow senators about his own proposal last week.
The revised Allen-Durbin proposal would increase funding for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center from $7 million proposed for the next fiscal year in a defense-spending bill being debated on the Senate floor.
Among facilities that would benefit from the funding are Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Allen said in a news release.