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Rep. Istook's vote of "present" was not about being a chicken, but about being a gentleman.

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CORRECTION: Rep. Istook’s Vote on Prescription Drug Bill

Rep. Istook’s vote of “present” was not about being a chicken, but about being a gentleman.

An article posted last week (“Conservative Turncoats on Drug Freebie”) stated that conservative Rep. Ernest Istook (R.-Okla.) voted “present” last Friday morning, when he could have singlehandedly killed the prescription drug handout by voting “no.” Numerically speaking, this is true. But in fact, Mr. Istook, who opposed the bill, had made a gentleman’s agreement with Rep. Bill Young (R.-Fla.), who wanted to vote for the bill but had to attend a funeral. To compensate for Mr. Young’s absence, Istook promised to simply register his presence on the House floor rather than voting “no.”

HUMAN EVENTS regrets the oversight.

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