Thursday, August 04, 2005

Senator Friend-of-Lobbyists

Its embarrasing to have two of the worst senators in Washington representing my state, but one of them, Richard Burr, really takes the cake sometimes. He is so in the back pocket of corrupt business. Get this:

A provision tucked into the 1,724-page energy bill that Congress is poised to enact today [July 29] would ease export restrictions on bomb-grade uranium, a lucrative victory for a Canadian medical manufacturer and its well-wired Washington lobbyists.

The Burr Amendment -- named for its sponsor, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) -- would reverse a 13-year-old U.S. policy banning exports of weapons-grade uranium unless the recipients agree to start converting their reactors to use less-dangerous uranium . . .

The amendment is just one of dozens of obscure special-interest provisions included in the energy bill...

More from the WaPo here.

As Rep Ed Markey said, "To save one Canadian company some money, we're willing to blow a hole in our nonproliferation policies."

One Canadian company with some heavy duty lobbyists and a half-wit, business-first-at-any-cost senator.


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