From Talking Points MemoJosh MarshallSo I guess the questions on the Istook Amendment are pretty straightforward.What is Rep. Istook's explanation for
November 20, 2004

From Talking Points Memo

Josh Marshall

So I guess the questions on the

Istook Amendment are pretty straightforward.

What is Rep. Istook's explanation for inserting the provision in the omnibus spending bill?

Subject to the quality of that explanation, will Rep. Istook face any disciplinary action, either formal or informal?

On the Senate floor, Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said that neither he nor House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young knew that provision had been inserted into the bill. Beside Istook, which members of congress and/or congressional staffers knew about the Istook Amendment prior to the matter being brought up by Senate Democrats?

Who gave the sign off to insert the provision into the bill?

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