Al Franken hammers Jim Bunning's filibuster over Canadian -- yes, Canadian -- tobacco law
Al Franken got in a shot at one of the more whacky members of the Senate today: Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky.
Here's why. The Canadians recently passed a law banning cigarette makers from adding fruit and bubblegum flavors to tobacco. The idea is to cut back on youth smoking by making the products less appealing. American tobacco producers are seething. How dare those Canadians act to protect their children's health.
And here comes Bunning, bringing Senate business to a grinding halt while he blocks two low-level Obama administration appointments out of protest.
Franken, via Huffington Post:
"This is a perversion of the filibuster and a perversion of the role of the Senate. It used to be that the filibuster was reserved for matters of great principle," said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) from the well of the Senate. "Some of my colleagues seem more interested in using every procedural method possible to keep the Senate from doing anything than they are in creating jobs or helping Americans struggling in a difficult economy."
Bunning, along with Minnesotan Mark Dayton, was named one of the five worst senators of 2006 by Time magazine.