Sensenbrenner is consistently heartless;
blocks bankruptcy relief for victims, too
Sen. Russ Feingold's proposal to ease the financial strain on Katrina survivors picked up some editorial support from the Wisconsin State Journal, among others. But guess who's standing in the way of helping hurricane victims again? F. Heartless Sensenbrenner.
The newspaper says, in part:
As if Hurricane Katrina hadn't hobbled the lives of many, a new bankruptcy law next month could kick them while they are down.Sensenbrenner, taking a few minutes off from counting his millions, says he won't even consider re-opening the bankruptcy law and won't hold a hearing. New York Times story.
People have lost homes and jobs and are being financially crushed. Yet beginning Oct. 17, if they file for bankruptcy, they will find it harder to settle their debts.
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is calling for a reasonable plan to delay the application of the law for Katrina victims. Feingold introduced a bill last week giving victims a year's grace period, during which the old bankruptcy law will apply.
He's also seeking changes to the new law that would help victims of other natural disasters.
Feingold's legislation, which has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, deserves support.
It may not be as crucial as finding shelter and jobs for the suffering people, but it will help them in getting back on their feet.
At least he's consistent. In this case that's not a compliment. Previous post.
ANOTHER COUNTRY HEARD FROM. BBC News story.