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Republicans See Hypocrisy in the 100-Hour Plan

December 17, 2006 - by Donny Shaw

Posted by Republican Rep. Tom Price on The Hill’s Congress Blog:

Democrats Have a Difficult Time With the Truth, December 15th, 2006

Hypocrisy reigns in the legislative process. The 110th Congress has yet to begin, but Democrats are putting in place plans to deny Republicans the opportunity to fully participate in the legislative process. Their claims of having the “most open and honest government in history” appear to be nothing more than election year rhetoric.

During the Democrats’ 100-Hour Plan Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi will skip the normal legislative process of having bills go through committee. Instead, she will bring the bills straight to the House floor for a vote, without full debate or a full amendment process.

This contradicts multiple statements made by Pelosi, including one on June 25, 2006, “Bills should generally come to the floor under a procedure that allows open, full, and fair debate consisting of a full amendment process that grants the minority the right to offer its alternatives, including a substitute.”

Not even in control yet, Democrats are backpedaling and breaking promises. Speaker-Elect Pelosi’s comments are an indication that she intends to unfairly run the House with an iron fist. While not a shock, it’s hypocritical for them to say they’re interested in full debate before the election, and now killing any pretense of honesty in legislation. The American public wants openness and real debate – not a charade. They voted for change in November – just not this change.

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