And thanks to the political games of one of those Members, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV), we don’t have any way to follow the money.
“There are some no-brainer bills that they work through the House and they get held up in the Senate over some other Senate fight,” Senator James Lankford (R-OK) told The Stream in an interview about waste, fraud, abuse and duplication in the federal government. (More from that interview here.) He said that’s happening now with his Taxpayers Right to Know Act, one he described as a “transparency bill” that “goes after the duplication that every year we complain about.”
Lankford told me that Reid’s move “seems to be a focus on … having the Senate run as slow as possible and get the least amount done.”
So, as you go to pay your taxes in a couple of days — Tax Day is officially April 18
this year — be sure to send Senator Reid a note or a phone call
thanking him for being a contributing factor to your income being flushed down the toilet.
Dustin Siggins is an Associate Editor for The Stream, and formerly the D.C. Correspondent and Public Relations Officer for LifeSiteNews. His work has been published by
USA TODAY, The Federalist, Huffington Post, National Review Online, and elsewhere.