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Is that a chart in your pocket?


Gazette staff February 13th, 2013

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, is to Capitol Hill charts what John Holmes was to porno movies: Both know how to make a big impression.

Credit: Brad Gregg

On Jan. 30, The Hill reported that Coburn had to get unanimous consent from the Senate to bring in some oversized charts.

While it is customary for U.S. senators to use charts during presentations on the Senate floor, Senate rules prohibit sizes in excess of 36 inches by 48 inches. Any larger than that require prior approval.

The ginormous charts Coburn wished to whip out were twice the maximum size. They dealt with government waste in the form of duplication and redundancy.

“I ask permission for these oversized charts because the detail behind them cannot be seen unless you have it on a chart this size,” Coburn said, reported The Hill.

He was allowed to proceed, although we suspect a few of his colleagues had a bit of chart envy. Because size matters.

 
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