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Grist for Mills

A Senate markup last week got a dose of dark humor, courtesy of Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who riffed on the hilarious tendency of the Chinese to off their public officials. During debate over giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco, Enzi noted that China had recently done some regulating of its own in the area of food safety.

According to an HOH spy, nervous laughter slowly spread across the room as spectators realized that Enzi was referring to the Chinese government’s recent execution of its food and drug minister on corruption charges. “I think we’re a little easier on our nominations, but they’re a little tougher on oversight,” he said.

Think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is relieved to hear that?

Daddy’s Little Lobbyists. HOH has long had her suspicions, but here’s proof that kids really do run the world.

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) is pressing for more funding to help sea turtles, because he was convinced by some powerful lobbyists — his 10- and 13-year-old daughters. Cardoza said on the House floor on Thursday that his daughters Elaina and Brittany had “encouraged” him to work on the issue. “One knows we have to abide by our children because they usually have the right take on what is right in this world,” Cardoza said.

Alright, alright, kids, we’ll give you the sea turtles. But we are totally drawing a line on that proposed My Little Pony Commission.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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