Thursday | December 19, 2002
Reward for ID of Eli Lilly bandit
As you may recall, some enterprising Republican(s) did the following:
In November, as Congress finalized the legislation authorizing a new Department of Homeland Security, two paragraphs suddenly appeared in the bill giving drug maker Eli Lilly & Company something it desired: a shield from lawsuits by parents who claim the company's vaccines caused their children's autism.Arianna Huffington writes:
Everyone in D.C., it seems, is utterly baffled as to how an ugly little provision shielding pharmaceutical behemoth Eli Lilly from billions in lawsuits filed by the parents of autistic children made its way, in the 12th hour, into, of all things, the 475-page Homeland Security bill.The provision will likely get excised in the next Congress, as Stabenow, McCain, Kucinich and Burton (not exactly natural allies) are leading the charge to have it repealed. But still, the provision begs the question -- why won't anyone claim credit for the provision?
Our legislators should not be allowed to legislate under cover of darkness. Every line-item should have an author attached. How can we have accountability when narrow special interests can legislate against the common good without public scrutiny?
Hopefully, the good folks at TomPaine will ferret out the culprit. The GOP is reeling, let them take another hit for this travesty.Posted December 19, 2002 08:24 AM | Comments (21)