Yesterday, Sen. Jim Bunning continued, until late in the day, to try to hold the Senate to its “pay-go” legislation by objecting to the stopgap funding for such items as unemployment extensions and highway funding. The Senator stood alone and was villified by Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Susan Collins, and even WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Throughout last night, there were reports that Rep. Charlie Rangel, the subject of several ethics investigations, would step aside from his powerful Chairmanship of the House Ways and Mean Committee. Insisting he was still in control after emerging from Nancy Pelosi’s office last night, this morning Charlie Rangel took a “leave of absence” from his Chairmanship.
So the questions are:
(1) Was Sen. Bunning justified in his objection to legislation that was not funded as PayGo requires?
(2) Should Charlie Rangel resign his Congressional seat entirely?