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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The history of the Schumer abortion amendment

Time to try to 'clarify' (for my edification, at least [1]).

A handout from an anti-abortion group Pro-Life Legislation in Congress 2004 is helpful (with the usual caveat [2]). To summarise its section (p12ff) on the bankruptcy reform legislation in the 108th:

In the 107th, HR 333 failed because of the Senate insisting on a Schumer amendment.

Then, in the 108th, HR 975 (the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act) passed the House, and was placed on the Senate calendar, but made no further progress.

The House, considering S 1920, a farm bankruptcy bill, substituted the text of HR 975 for the text passed by the Senate. A conference on the bill only got as far as the House appointing conferees. The farm bankruptcy legislation was passed as S 2864 - with no Schumer amendment.

I heard on Janeane Garofalo's show earlier suggestion that the Senate had voted for a bankruptcy bill in the 108th by a large margin - implying that any thought of a filibuster on Tuesday was wasted effort. I can't see that any bankruptcy measure was the subject of a roll call vote in the 108th - and, though I leave wide open the possibility that I am just reading THOMAS wrong, the anti-abortion handout is corroboration of sorts.

  1. There is a general assumption inherent in the concept of news and the practice of politics generally that people don't require back-story. (They certainly aren't given it by MSM: perhaps fearful of overdoing those prehistorical Kissinger references - earlier piece - perhaps...)

  2. Rather as the use of that net staple YMMV suggests that, absent the acronym, the writer believes he is laying down Holy Writ, from which dissent is impossible, I fear that use of the house tag, caveat lector, might lead the unwary to suppose that, where it is withheld, readers may have implicit faith in every word.

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