Republican Senator Tom Coburn is holding up legislation that would help prevent children from drowning in pool drain accidents.
Thirty-two children drowned and another hundred were seriously injured—by drain suction pulling out their intestines or trapping a limb—between 1985 and 2004 according to the Washington Post. John Edwards had a well-known case involving this kind of injury.
Legislation to require inexpensive raised drain covers was all set to pass when Sen. Coburn [a physician!] decided we couldn’t afford the $7 million—spread over the next five years—so he put a hold on it. Gee this is what, about 10 minutes of the cost of the mess in Iraq?
…in the long run the bill would probably save taxpayer dollars by preventing fatalities and costly injuries such as brain damage caused by near-drownings.
I’ll tell you what we can’t afford, is a Congress that won’t take care of American citizens. Demand better: Stop killing Iraqis, start saving children’s lives. Now was that so hard?
P.S. Feeling like Colombo here, just one more thing…Harry Reid, how come when a Republican puts a hold on legislation, that’s honored, while Sen. Dodd’s hold is ignored? Just askin’.
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