McCain Wants Boxing Commission
Speaker, McCain duke it out (The Hill)
Personal grudges between House Republican leaders and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led to a series of legislative maneuvers in the last days of the session, sources say.
McCain threatened to hold up every piece of legislation in the Senate while House leaders refused to go along with McCainÃ¢€™s pet project of establishing a national boxing commission. The dispute kept the Senate in session past 10 p.m. on its final legislative day, signaling that intraparty squabbles will prevail when Republicans return with a stronger majority next month.
Some Senate aides said lobbying by national boxing figures such as promoter Don King, who has testified before Congress on the issue, explained the intensity of the dispute. But King said he played no role, a sign that differences between McCain and the House were at the heart of the matter. Ã¢€œI have not been actively involved,Ã¢€ King told The Hill. Ã¢€œCategorically untrue. I havenÃ¢€™t done anything. In fact, I love John McCain. I have no opposition to John McCain and what heÃ¢€™s trying to do for boxing Ã¢€” as long as itÃ¢€™s for the betterment of the sport.Ã¢€
With an endorsement like that, it’s difficult to doubt McCain’s intentions. And it’s a good thing we have the good Senator around to take care of the most pressing issues of our time, namely the goings on in boxing and baseball.