WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. It's a win -- but a short-lived one -- for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. After almost two years of debate, the Senate passed his bill to create an agency to fight bioterrorism and other biological threats. But Congress hopes to adjourn Friday, and that leaves little chance that the House will have time to act on the measure.
The bill calls for creating an agency within the Health and Human Services Department to oversee the development of medicine and equipment to respond to a bird flu pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. Burr has pushed the legislation almost since he arrived in Congress.
Two years of hard work (a couple of days a week) with his own party controlling both houses of Congress . . . and nuttin' to show for it? Seems kind of weird that a government-hating Republican is pushing so hard to create a whole new agency inside the monstrous Health and Human Services Department, but what do I know. Maybe Senator Burr will have better luck working with a Democratic Senate. He could hardly do worse.
PS The junior Senator has a few things to say about today's Iraq Study Group report. Why he bothered to say them, though, is a-whole-nother question.