Sunday, November 21, 2004

Spending Bill

Both CNN and Fox covered a story where a tax disclosure provision was apparently slipped into the spending bill that was passed. CNN had their own story with the largest headline saying "Frist: Tax Returns measure indefensible." Fox used an AP story with a smaller headline and link that said "Tax Disclosure Hidden in Spending Bill."

CNN's opening two paragraphs said:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday that "accountability will be carried out" against whoever slipped a provision into an omnibus spending bill that would have allowed two committee chairmen to view the tax returns of any American.

The language was caught and removed in the Senate on Saturday, but the House will have to approve the fix before the spending bill can be sent to the White House for President Bush's signature.

Fox's AP story began with:
Congress passed legislation Saturday giving two committee chairman and their assistants access to income tax returns without regard to privacy protections, but not before red-faced Republicans said it was all a mistake and would be swiftly repealed.

The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution immediately after passing a 3,300-word spending bill containing the measure, saying the provision "shall have no effect." House leaders promised to pass the resolution next Wednesday.

Fox's AP story starts off a little less alarmist and draws less attention on their web site than CNN's article. But, both stories similar content overall and both talked about the problems with the current system.

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