Shark Attack: Reid, Coburn Clash Over Sharks and Sea Otters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn disagree on many things, but The Hill's Alex Bolton reports that their tendentious relationship has turned relatively absurd: they clashed today over bills dealing with sharks, sea otters, and other wildlife.

The feud between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) flared up again Wednesday over Coburn's objection to a bill protecting sharks.

The shark legislation, which deals with a prohibition on the harvesting of shark fins, was one of several bipartisan bills intended to protect wildlife that drew objections from Coburn on Wednesday.

Reid called the bills "issues of good moral conscience," but Coburn objected that they were gifts to special interest groups that would widen the deficit.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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