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IN BRIEF

Congress Pushes Pet Legislation as Election Draws Near

OCTOBER 18, 2010

“The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, aimed at lowering the volume on loud TV ads, appears headed for approval. But a bill seeking to squash another annoyance, the Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act, is likely to fail. And the sponsor of the All-American Flag Act must figure that the bill’s name alone should ensure its success. With time running out on the congressional session, lawmakers are scrambling to get hundreds of their pet bills across the finish line, competing for attention against headline-grabbing issues such as whether to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts or end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays and lesbians in the military.” ( Chicago Tribune, Monday)

Freedom’s biggest challenge is the proclivity of legislators to legislate.

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