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Meddling in sports is routine for Congress

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: March 27, 2012

What is it about these guys in Washington that compels them to meddle like this? Members of Congress in recent years have spent time exploring concussions in the NFL, demanded answers regarding the league's drug-testing policy, held high-profile hearings about steroids in baseball and raised a stink about how college football crowns its champion. The list goes on.

Now it's Durbin's turn. An Illinois colleague from the other side of the aisle, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, pointed out that continued high unemployment and the nation's $15.6 trillion debt were among the issues that demand real attention from Congress. “This is political grandstanding at its worst,” Walsh said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to Twitter to blast Durbin: “#senate hasn't passed a #budget in almost 3 yrs but is going to have hearings on #bounties in #nfl?” Well said.