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Senate Republicans - Working on a 'Deal' or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Change the Law

Reported by Ellen - March 9, 2005

While watching Studio B with Shepard Smith today, the show was rather unremarkable. It wasn't until I replayed a part that I actually realized what they were saying.

Shepard Smith went to Wendell Goler at the White House to speak about the President wanting to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Goler said that the President was trying to get the same energy bill passed that had failed to pass twice in his first term.

It's what he said next that got my attention.

Goler said that Republican Senators were working on a measure that would lower the bar to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to 51 votes from the 60 Mr. Bush has been unable to get for the past four years.

Comment: When at first you don't succeed, keep changing the rules until you get your way. I was appalled that this was actually being attempted. To change the measure so that they would only need 51 votes instead of 60. What was more appalling was the 'casual' and 'hurried' way that Wendall Goler reported this. He said it so fast that I had to rewind the tape several times to get all of the words right.

Reported by: Donna

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