Sunday, March 8, 2009

Backbencher of the Week

This week's Backbencher of the Week goes to Rep. Brian Baird(D-WA-3).  Rep. Baird was one of three members of Congress to recently visit Gaza.  The other two were Rep. Keith Ellison(D-MN-5) and Sen. John Kerry.  While touring the destruction, Rep. Baird noticed that Lentils were among the items not permitted to enter Gaza.  Rep. Baird investigated and made comments that helped convince the Israeli government to allow lentils brought into Gaza.  Kudos also go out to Senator Kerry for his work to convince Israeli officials to allow in Pasta.

For this bit of humanitarian work we present Rep. Brian Baird with the Backbencher of the Week.

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