Wednesday, January 5, 2011

House of Representatives 2011 - #2534 - Reading of Constitution to Kick Off New Congress - Newsmax (2) Boehner Dismisses Reid on Obamacare - Redstate

The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading of the country's founding document on the floor of the House on Jan. 6.  The goal, backers said, is to underscore the limited-government rules the Founders imposed on Congress - and to try to bring some of those principles back into everyday legislating.  "It stems from the debate that we've had for the last two years about things like the exercise of authority in a whole host of different areas by the EPA, we've had this debate in relation to the health care bill, the cap-and-trade legislation," said Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, who proposed the reading. "This Congress has been very aggressive in expanding the power of the federal government, and there's been a big backlash to that."  Setting aside time at the beginning of the congressional session for the reading is just one of the changes to House rules that Republicans say are designed to open up the legislative process. They say the new rules also will try to bring some restraints to lawmaking after decades in which both Republican and Democratic leaders whittled away opportunities for real legislative give-and-take.  Read more.........

Boehner Dismisses Reid on Obamacare - Moe Lane -Redstate - The memo you are about to read is real. I did not write this.  Background: recently, Harry Reid (in a moment of bravado), deigned to inform Speaker-designate John Boehner that he should not bother to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the House, because it would not succeed in the Senate. So there, neener neener, and similar big talk from a guy who just presided over the literal decimation of his party’s caucus in 2010 - and will likely preside over its transition to minority status in 2012. Left unexplained was why Senator Reid thought that he had any business telling the People’s House what they can or cannot do, mostly because such a question implies that Harry Reid actually had any motivation beyond the resentment of a petulant man-child.
This was John Boehner’s response.
Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:
Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.  The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
Again: I DID NOT WRITE THIS. I wish that I had: but I would have never have thought that the Republican leadership was ready to be this blunt about things. Which is great, of course.

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