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US: Senate - Richard Lugar and Senate committees
Senator Richard Lugar was viewed as eccentric for wanting the chairmanship of the insignificant Foreign Relations Committee. Rob Gaudet explains: "International affairs constitute less than 1 percent of the total budget of the US government. That's one reason why it's less important than the other committees you mentioned. Another reason, perhaps, is that it provides fewer opportunities for pork barrel projects to please home state constituents than one of the other committees. Third, we all know that in times of war and strife the U.S. Congress cedes most of its authority to the President of the United States. It becomes a rubber stamp".
RH: Good Lord.
Ronald Hilton - 12/9/02