Porkopolis reminds me in an e-mail that our senior senator is not among the heroes in the recent supplemental appropriations bill pork excision excercise:
Senate appropriators agreed to shave $14.4 billion from their version to meet Bush's demands. Republican leaders won support from two Democratic conferees -- Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Defense Appropriations ranking member Daniel Inouye of Hawaii -- enough to offset the loss of two Republicans, Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
Specter and DeWine opposed the conference report, arguing its $873 billion spending cap for Senate consideration of FY07 appropriations underfunds education and health programs by at least $7 billion. "It's insufficient as it is, but I want the $7 billion," Specter said.
It seems like every card in Mike DeWine's hand says "for the children" on it. He is the luckiest guy on the face of the earth that his opponent is Sherrod Brown.