It was a celebrated, bipartisan achievement: Congress sent the president a bill to address pipeline safety issues — a sign that lawmakers could get beyond the bitter partisanship that has slowed down nearly everything in this divided Congress.I think this is how we got Obamacare.
And still they managed to at least temporarily muck things up.
Due to human error, the House on Monday and Senate on Tuesday both passed a pipeline safety bill all right, but an earlier version of the bill — not the final bipartisan, bicameral compromise.
“There was a House clerical error and we expect the correcting resolution to be approved in the House and Senate without issue,” said Caley Gray, a spokesman for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was a lead author of Senate pipeline safety legislation this year. The Senate was the one that discovered the error, Gray added.
The House by unanimous consent late Wednesday agreed to the version they meant to approve Monday; the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This is why partisanship is good - getting nothing done is better than working together to pass the wrong bill:
Posted by Rick Moore on 12/15/2011