Friday, December 01, 2006
One of the major defeats in Texas in November was "Smoking Joe" Barton remaining in Congress. Rep. Barton held up a widely popular bill expanding research into autism trying to bargain releasing it only with his pet project of limiting funding for the National Institute for Health. Dirty, anti-environment and backwoods strange he is a character Texas doesn't need. Fortunately with Barton no longer in charge of the subcommittee his holding the autism bill for ransom is over.