Friday, March 23, 2007

A Day of National Shame - the Passage of H.R. 1591

The House of Representatives, led by Nancy Pelosi, has succeeded in passing House Resolution 1591, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Iraq, and for peanut farmers, and for spinach growers, and for a power plant in D.C., etc., and, most importantly, to insure failure in Iraq. The Resolution required 218 votes to pass. The Resolution received precisely the 218 votes necessary, with the help of two Republicans who voted for it, Congressman Gilchrest, 1st District, Maryland, and Congressman Jones, 3rd District, North Carolina.

I watched the speeches in the lead up to the vote - though the speeches were mere political theater. The buying of votes and the threats for voting against the bill all went on in private. Nonetheless, the speeches were illuminating for what they told of the motivations of the two crafters of this legislation, Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha. I will post the points of their speeches and a response as time permits this day. For the Republicans, Jerry Lewis was horrid, and only two of the other speakers were reasonably effective. Rep. Johnson of Texas was by far the most moving and eloquent of all the speakers, and I will post his speech later.

The roll call for the vote is here.

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