Originally created 12/18/97

Wants account of congressional votes

Your Dec. 9 editorial, "Opening the borders," was very informative on an issue of concern to many of your readers -- the growing cost of both legal and illegal immigration. It is not surprising that some politicians will choose to serve their own interests rather than those of their country. However, it is surprising when the majority of our legislators choose to go along with them.

The worst examples of bad legislation are almost always something with little or nothing to do with the subject or intent of the basic bill and snuck into it at the last minute before adjournment -- a tactic that often works, particularly when adding pork.

It seems that the U.S. Congress has lost control of its legislative process through laziness, ineptitude, and a venal desire (by legislators) to scratch each others' backs. When confronted, they use the lame excuses that they didn't know the bad legislation had been put in the bill, or that the overall value of the bill outweighed the defect, and that there was nothing they could do about it.

The Chronicle editorial page does a good job of informing its readers of bad legislation like that cited. There is little we can do about Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich. However, if they go along with his bad legislation, there is much we can do about Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. Since your readers often don't know how they voted on a particular bill, it would be a great service to inform us with each such editorial. ...

Donald L. Davis, Evans


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