An extraordinary ... accomplishment for House Republicans?

Speaker Dennis Hastert, in a recent speech, claimed Real ID as part of "an extraordinary year of accomplishment for House Republicans." He put Real ID into the same class with:
  • a comprehensive energy bill that will assure Americans energy security
  • a historic highway bill that will improve our nation's critical infrastructure
  • a class action fairness bill that will eliminate frivolous lawsuits
and so on.

I disagree. Real ID was stuffed into an emergency bill to fund the Iraq war. Now I'm pretty sure that almost anything, other than legalizing gay marriage or lowering the age of consent to about two years, could have passed as an attachment to that bill. Some accomplishment!

Somebody please tell me, how many of those other "accomplishments" are unfunded mandates?


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