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Resolution honoring Gaylord Nelson's accomplishments 'sanitized' by GOP Senator

 The Congressional resolution honoring Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson,(pictured) noted in a post here last week, almost was killed by a right-wing Senator who blocked action until he got some of the language sanitized.

 Here's what the original said:

Whereas Gaylord Nelson sponsored legislation to ban phosphates in household detergents and to ban the use of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and he worked tirelessly to ensure clean water and clean air for all Americans;

Whereas in addition to his environmental leadership, Gaylord Nelson fought for civil rights, enlisted for the War on Poverty, challenged drug companies and tire manufacturers to protect consumers, and stood up to Senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee to defend and protect civil liberties;

That was too much for Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who puts "holds" on bills with abandon.

To satisfy Coburn, the language about civil liberties, McCarthy, the war on poverty,and consumer protection was eliminated.

I find it somewhat amusing in that it is a paragraph I wrote and suggested to Rep. Dave Obey's office when Tia Nelson, Gaylord's daughter, asked me to help with the draft. (I am Gaylord's biographer.)

Whether Coburn likes it or not, of course, Nelson did those things and was as proud of them as he was of his environmental work, for which he is best known.

Mother Jones has the whole story.


April 28, 2010 - 10:42am