MEMO TO SEN. COCHRAN: A Scam by Any Other Name is Still a Scam, Even in Congress
Andrew Grossman of The Heritage Foundation's Policy Blog notes that congressional rules don't allow the naming or renaming of a federal facility after a sitting Member of Congress. So why is this statement found in the Conference Report on the Fiscal Year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill:
"The Federal facility located at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville, Mississippi, and known as the 'Southern Horticultural Laboratory', shall be known and designated as the 'Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory': Provided, That any reference in law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to such Federal facility shall be deemed to be a reference to the 'Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory.'"
There is also the matter of the "Don Young Way" over in Alaska, which is an avenue named for the resident King of Pork, Rep. Don Young, R-AK. Go here for all the details, including a link to the rules adopted by the 109th Congress for itself. Maybe they ought to read their own rules once in a while?
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.
But wait there is more. Tim Chapman over at Townhall.com's Capitol Report has the goods on a cozy little scene that took place earlier this week on the Senate floor. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-HW, popped in a little amendment to the Labor-HHS Appropriation bill that would rename a couple of Center for Disease Control buildings in Atlanta after Sen. Arlen Specter, R-PA, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA.
No other senators objected. Because these three were the only ones on the floor at the time.