Monday morning I called our US Senator’s office to ask his views on the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act, which the Senate was planning to take up that day.
When the staffer answered, I asked him to tell me what the Senator’s views on the bill were. He told me the Senator had not yet released a statement, but he’d be happy to take my opinion and pass it along. However, I wasn’t calling to express my opinion, I was calling to find out what the Senator’s opinion was. When he repeated that the Senator hadn’t yet released a statement, I pointed out that the Senate was planning to take up the bill that day, and a vote could possibly come as early as that night. “He doesn’t need to take a firm stand yes or no, but which way is he leaning? What does he consider to be the bill’s pros and cons? What issues would his decision turn on?”
Nothing. No statement, no opinion. He again asked for my opinion, and I told him that my opinion is frustration that on the day the Senate is scheduled to take up an issue, I can’t find out a single thing about the Senator’s views on it. I asked him to pass along my opinion that I do not think that’s acceptable from a Senator.
Oh, did I not tell you which Senator I called? True, we do have two of them.
I called both. This post describes both calls. This post describes almost every call I’ve ever made to Scott Brown’s office (with a tiny handful of notable exceptions I may have time to post about later this year), and also a solid majority of the calls I’ve made to John Kerry’s office – though Kerry’s people do have some information on occasion.
First of all, I miss Senator Kennedy.
And secondly, I’m really frustrated with our two Senators who are never willing to or interested in telling us what they think about legislation until after they’ve already voted on it.