- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Join the party
In January, the chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, invited President Bush to address the Democratic Caucus at the Democratic Policy Committees Issues Conference, an invitation the president accepted.
Now, Mr. Dorgan has invited Vice President Richard B. Cheney to huddle with the Democratic Caucus next Thursday, June 21, at the weekly Democratic policy luncheon, an invitation the vice president has just accepted.
Still, theres no truth to the rumor that Democrats are trying to persuade Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney to switch parties.

Intern season

"Its hot outside today very hot here in Washington," Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, observed yesterday during a hearing of the subcommittee on energy and air quality.
How hot is it?
"Today is the day when people ask their interns to go out for coffee and bring it back. Thats the kind of day it is in Washington."

Wet heads

Rather than forecasting global warming 100 years distant, climatologists should instead worry about todays weather, advises Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican.
The congressman recalls just a few years ago when "President Clinton was so committed to proving this [global warming] theory that he invited hundreds of climatologists who agreed with global warming to the White House… .
"During that time in the White House, I understand a major storm broke out in Washington and was just drenching the entire area, and what happened is that, of all those hundreds of climatologists that came to the White House to reconfirm global warming, only three of them thought ahead enough to bring an umbrella."

Dishonoring dads

Three shopping days left before Fathers Day, and who better to turn to for some background on this national observance than Stuart Miller, senior legislator for the American Fathers Coalition.
In 1914, Mr. Miller educates, President Wilson issued the official announcement proclaiming Mothers Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May, formalizing the English tradition of celebrating "Mothering Sunday," which can be traced back to the early 1600s.
Although President Coolidge in 1924 supported the idea of a national Fathers Day, it wasnt until 1966 52 years after the formalization of Mothers Day that President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Fathers Day.
Now here we are in 2001, and some in Congress have proposed renaming Fathers Day to "Responsible Fathers Day," which Mr. Miller cant stomach.
"After only 35 years of recognition," he says, "our country seems to want to restrict or eliminate even that minuscule amount of appreciation."

Honeymoons over

One week after his peaceful assumption of the Senate majority leaders chair, Democrat Tom Daschle is now telling Americans to expect far better appropriations measures than they would have been dealt had Republicans remained in charge.
"I mean, ours deserve As," Mr. Daschle says, "and they get, you know, Cs and Ds."

Parking tax

Americans are spending more money than they think to park, whether they own a car or not.
There are more than 6,000 Capitol Hill parking spaces reserved for employees of the House of Representatives, reveals Rep. Earl Blumenauer, "which cost the taxpayer more than $1,500 a year per employee."
So this week, the Oregon Democrat, who pedals a bicycle to the vast majority of his meetings around Washington (often beating his colleagues who take cabs or cars), called on Congress to earmark funding for additional showers and locker space on Capitol Hill to encourage more of the congressional staff to bike to work.

Becoming one

He might be under federal indictment, but thats not stopping Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., Ohio Democrat, from curtailing his trademark tirades on the House floor.
Learning this week that Ohio University has designated 30 bathrooms as so-called "transgender" restrooms to be used by both men and women Mr. Traficant replied:
"Unbelievable. What is next? Unisex locker rooms with thong/jock support dispensers?"

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