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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Credit Card Reform…And Concealed Gun Rights?

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A 90 to 5 vote is a good show of bipartisan legislation, right?

Well, yes and no…

From CNN:

The Senate on Tuesday voted 90-5 to approve a bill that will make it tougher for credit card issuers to raise fees and interest rates starting early next year. […]

The bill will now go to the House, which is expected to take it up on Wednesday and pass it before the weekend. The bill would get to President Obama’s desk before Memorial Day, as he called for.

So about that concealed gun poison pill that was put into this bill…it baffles me as to how it got in there. I mean, I know how it can procedurally get in, but comes on.

Here’s what it means…

The bill includes an unrelated measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons into national parks.

The culprit? Tom Coburn of Oklahoma… (pictured above)

In a move that has drawn criticism, confusion, and more than a few comments about strange bedfellows, the Senate recently voted 67-29 to add a gun-rights amendment to a consumer credit-card bill. The provision, which was authored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), requires national parks to abide by state gun laws and would allow park visitors to carry concealed weapons. […]

Even the amendment’s supporters had a hard time justifying its inclusion. “Why is this [gun amendment] being included in this [credit bill]?” mused Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo). “The answer is, this is the Senate, where everything is germane.

Regardless of whether you’re a Dem or Repub, this is the type of stuff that has to stop. Because what happens is something like this gets slipped into an otherwise VERY important bill, somebody takes a principled stand against voting for the amendment and then gets nailed in their campaign for not voting for the larger reform.

Ugh.