Thursday, September 08, 2005

Senate Democrats Need Not Apply

First we have this from Raw Story:

In the wake of what the Wall Street Journal projected may be the most expensive natural disaster in American history, the Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives limited floor consideration of the $52 billion Katrina relief bill proposed by President Bush and voted to reject any Democratic efforts to amend the bill to include a wider array of relief measures, RAW STORY has learned.

Democrats said no one had even seen a copy of the legislation.
Voting along party lines, Republicans denied a measure that would have allowed for two hours of discussion and opened up the measure to be amended.

The Republican leadership pushed through a Suspension Rule in the House Rules Committee that blocked any members from offering amendments to the bill. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the Committee, led opposition to the rule.

The bill, which enjoys bipartisan support, is expected to pass on the House floor tomorrow.

Democrats implored Republicans to allow amendments, which would enable consideration of measures such as which areas and to which agencies relief dollars were most needed and how to restructure FEMA so that it would be more effective. ... read on

Then we have this from AmericaBlog (and many other sites):

Sources on the Hill are hearing that the Republicans are going to announce a "bipartisan" bicameral Katrina commission, except, while they are saying its bipartisan and bicameral, they've not told the Senate
Democratic Leadership anything about it, the Democratic Leadership will not be invited to the announcement of the commission.

They don't know yet if there will be equal representation on the committee, who will decide who's on it, or even if the committee will have subpoena power or real congressional authority.

They will have the cameras at the announcment, but will take no questions from reporters (spokespeople will answer all questions later). on

They don't even pretend anymore. If they spent half the time running the country that they spent playing Political CYA... well... that hypothesis is based upon the assumption that the GOP has any desire to Govern Liberals. We've seen five years of their version of that. I won't hold my breath.


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