Kerry wins! John Kerry, that is. The 2004 presidential nominee may have lost that race by seems to have won his campaign to shame US companies into cancelling their cruises and meetings. Outraged by reports that companies taking US bailout funds were still having nice meetings, sometimes very nice ones, the Massachusetts senator wants to ban luxury travel for any of the 400 or so bailees, and he has led congressional attacks on fancy forums, on those rich, uncaring SOBs with their private beaches and massages, at places they flew to on private jets, all paid for by either taxpayers or shareholders. It's a catchy theme and, as they say in Washington, one with legs.
Washington Ways: March 2009 Archives
Why do they do this: so when a guy in a congressional committee offers an amendment, it's supposed to make a bill better, right? And people are supposed to talk about the amendment and then vote in it. So the other day when members of the House transportation committee were eager to bring up amendments to the FAA bill, but promised to withdraw them immediately, we were slightly befuddled. There is however a reason to this sidestep in the dance of legislation.