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Senator Tries (Again) to Stop DC's Gay Marriage Law

It's not the first time Bennett has tried to usurp DC's same-sex marriage law



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    As the U.S. health care reform overhaul faces its final hurdle, a few Senate Republicans are doing their best to not spare the District of Columbia in the process.

    Of the GOP's growing list of amendments, which is being published by the New York Times, Sen. Robert S. Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced #3568 "to protect the Democratic process and the right of the people of the District of Columbia to define marriage." 

    The amendment, which has the support of Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Inhoke (R-Okla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) according to DCist, basically seeks to force D.C. to shelve the same-sex marriage law so that residents could vote on the issue. 

    It's not the first time Bennett has tried to usurp the same-sex marriage law in DC.

    Earlier this month, he sought to attach a similar amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill -- but that amendment was ruled out of order, the Washington Post reported. 

    Bennett's latest amendment is expected to receive the same treatment, as Democrats work to rebuff any GOP amendments to the health care law, Queerty notes. Either way, it won't be the last time a member of Congress tries to find a way to interfere with D.C.'s same-sex marriage law, according to DCist.

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), meanwhile, has taken to attacking federal jobs with his Bureaucrat Cap and Trade amendment: 

    This amendment would ensure that no provisions in the health bill increase the size of government bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. This amendment requires that for each government bureaucrat added to a government agency as a result of this act, there must be a corresponding decrease in a government bureaucrat at that agency. The federal government should not grow the bureaucracy in Washington, DC when one in 10 Americans is looking for work and twice as many are underemployed.

    Because with the highest unemployment rate in 20 years, there's no one looking for work in DC who might possibly get a job with a government agency, right?

    What are the odds any of the GOP's proposed multiple changes will pass? According to the Guardian, if the Republicans can get 51 votes on even one amendment, the bill will have to be sent back to the House for more bitter wrangling over there.

    Voting on the amendments is expected to begin as early as Wednesday night.