HOH’s One-Minute Recess: The Name Game

Posted February 10, 2010 at 10:57am

Ever feel left out of the legislative process? Here’s a way to really leave your mark on what goes on in Congress — Rep. Randy Forbes is offering one lucky person the chance to actually name a piece of legislation.

[IMGCAP(1)]The Virginia Republican plans to introduce a measure next week that would tie the salaries of Members of Congress to “the growth of government spending.” (If spending grows by 7 percent, Members salaries would decrease by 7 percent, for example.)

But before he officially puts forth the bill, Forbes is asking for the public’s help — he’s put out a plea for name suggestions via the blog on his Congressional Web site.

“Over the next few days, leave a comment with your name, your suggestion for a bill title, and your thoughts on this legislation,” Forbes writes. “We’ll compile all the suggestions on Thursday of this week, narrow it to a Top 5 list, and send a survey this weekend asking you to vote on the final bill name.”

Forbes will announce the winner of the naming contest via Twitter and Facebook, he writes.

The Gift of Political Satire. With Snowpocalypse once again bearing down on Washington, D.C., you might be having trouble getting out to buy that special someone a gift for Valentine’s Day (which is on Sunday). But have no fear — the Republican National Committee has created a special line of Valentine-themed e-cards designed for that special GOPer in your life.

There are 18 cards to choose from, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the perfect gift.

HOH’s favorites include one featuring White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel with the line “Happy Valentine’s Day” and another of Vice President Joseph Biden and the Salahis with the tag: “Everyone’s Invited, This Valentine’s Day.”

Looking for something with a close tie to Congress? Perhaps send that special gal the card featuring Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), with the quip “I’ll Treat You Like a Lady, This Valentine’s Day.”

The RNC also is asking for a little of the love to be spread its way. “Once you’ve sent your e-cards, I hope you’ll consider making a secure online donation,” Chairman Michael Steele writes in an e-mail to supporters.

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