Mar 16, 2010

Bunning Goes Bunshit

Senator Jim Bunning, the man who recently held a one man filibuster to stop unemployed people from getting a benefits extension, is now holding up nominations because of a Canadian law.

The Kentucky Republican battled Democrats on the Senate floor Tuesday to block two nominations to relatively backbench positions -- because he is opposed to a tobacco-related law passed by the Canadian Parliament.

We live in America, by the way.

We don't live in Canada.

Bunning, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, is blocking the nominations of Michael Punke and Islam Siddiqui. Punke was nominated to be the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and was unanimously recommended by the Senate Finance Committee three months ago.

Siddiqui has been tapped to be the Chief Agriculture Negotiator. With the position unfilled, the U.S. is at a trade disadvantage with other countries. A coalition of 42 food and agriculture groups wrote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in January to urge his confirmation.

What. A. Dick.

1 comment:

Eric said...

Just in case anyone is interested, the Canadian ban is on adding fruit and bubble gum flavoring to cigarettes and cigarillos being sold in Canada. Mostly because the smell of burning fruit and bubblegum is nasty. The 200th Anniversay of the 1812 war is less than two years away. Maybe Bunning wants to start that shit again? Worked out well last time.