Thursday, February 14, 2008

Why Congress Can't Get Anything Done

Remember the US Attorney firing scandal?? Well, that whole mess was never resolved...

In the summer of 2007, the Judiciary Committee had issued subpoenas for the testimony of Harriet Miers & Josh Bolton. Then Bush turned around and claimed executive privilege and said they didn't have to show up. Today, Congress convened to address the matter and issue contempt charges against both Miers and Bolton, under House Resolution 982.

First up was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She laid out the platform of the resolution, why it's necessary, and then pointed out that Bush's executive privilege nonsense doesn't apply.

Next came Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL), who reminded Congress that checks & balances are a primary function of the Legislative Branch of government.

And so, when faced with the fact that they would actually have to do their jobs and uphold the laws they were elected to protect, the GOP decided to throw a massive hissy-fit. Lead by Representative John Boehner (R-OH), the republican members of Congress staged a walk-out.

When you go the polls this November, remember who was willing to work, and who could care less about the Constitution and the rule of law.

UPDATE: I take it back! Congress actually accomplished something today! Democratic members of the House were able to pass HR 982, despite the Republican temper tantrum. Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton have both been sited with contempt of Congress. I guess this means they might be forced to testify now?? The Gavel has loads more video from today's proceedings.

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