Saturday, May 19, 2007
Murtha Madness Multiplies
Crazed U.S. House of Representative from Pennsylvania Democrat, John Murtha, threatened fellow Representative Mike Rogers, Republican from Michigan. The Hill (bolding mine):
A week ago Rogers offered a procedural motion to the fiscal 2008 intelligence bill that would have prevented funding for an earmark Murtha sponsored to authorize $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center, a government agency based in his district.
Rogers said Murtha approached him on the House floor Thursday and told him: “I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone and you will not get any earmarks now and forever.”
Rogers argues that the threat is a violation of House rules, which preclude members from conditioning earmarks on a members’ vote. House Rule XXIII, Clause 16 states that members “may not condition the inclusion of language to provide funding for a congressional earmark, a limited tax benefit, or a limited tariff benefit in any [legislation].”
Rogers’ resolution to reprimand Murtha does not seek an ethics committee investigation into the matter.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) strongly backed Rogers after he announced his intention to file a resolution seeking a reprimand of Murtha’s conduct.
“The resolution offered by Congressman Rogers outlines a blatant abuse of power stemming from a Republican-authored proposal to cut wasteful earmark spending from legislation pending before the House,” Boehner said in a statement. “…No member of Congress should be threatened or intimidated because of his or her efforts to crack down on wasteful spending and protect the interests of taxpayers.
Whether it was his instantaneous condemnation of our Military as guilty of murder and a cover-up in Haditha, his eagerness in leading the charge of "Cut and Run", his desire to "Slow Bleed" U.S. Troops, his voting against every tax cut or his natural knack in alienating even those within his own party (1) - it's simply time for Murtha to resign, find a porch with a rocking chair and sit back and sip lemonade.
Now, if a Republican would have told a Democrat that, "“I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone and you will not get any earmarks now and forever,” folks like New York Senator, Democrat Cluck Schumer would have been front and center calling for their resignation. Where art thou, Cluck, where art thou?
(1) All documented HERE
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