Friday, April 04, 2003

On the Mark in Washington

Minnesotans can be very proud today that one of their elected representatives in Washington D.C has stepped up to co-sponsor an amendment dealing with the aftermath of the war in Iraq. And his name is Mark.

Senator Mark Dayton you ask? (Guffaws of laughter) No, I think Senator Dayton is busily crafting the nuances of his proposal to limit spam e-mails. This would be Congressman Mark Kennedy from the 2nd District. And this is his proposal:

A proposal to block France, Germany, Russia and Syria from postwar reconstruction contracts passed by voice vote in the House as both chambers headed into night sessions to finish the bills. But the U.S. subsidiaries of companies organized in those countries could still compete for reconstruction contracts.

Rep. George R. Nethercutt (R-Wash.), who introduced the bill along with Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.), said "this amendment sends a signal to our allies that we appreciate those who support us in our time of need and remember those that have sought to thwart coalition efforts to defeat Saddam Hussein's regime. The coalition of the unwilling should not participate in reconstruction with U.S. tax dollars."

After hearing about Kennedy's proposal Senator Dayton said that he would be working late into the night to add an amendment to his bill that he promised would "really get tough" on e-mail spammers from France, Germany, Russia, and Syria.

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