This just tickles me. The Democraps get to a position where they feel they have an unassailable majority in both houses, and what does Madame Speaker do? She steals their legislation-writing power for herself; making herself a small, wide-eyed dictatorship of one.
Gee. And this from the “Democratic” Party. So much for that concept.
Panel Chairmen Fighting Mad Over Snubs by Pelosi (Almost)
By Jared Allen; 01/15/09 07:44 PM [ET]
Senior House Democrats have a message for their Speaker: We’re mad as hell, and we’re only taking it this one last time.
As congressional Democrats take the lead in responding to the sinking economy, subcommittee and even some full-committee chairmen — who normally wield significant influence in writing legislation — have been forced to wait on the sidelines as monumental bills are written in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office.
Many of these members are complaining louder and more often to Democratic leaders that a return to regular order, where bills are written in committee, is long overdue. And some warn that if the closed-door, truncated legislative process doesn’t end with the economic recovery bill, frustration could boil over, perhaps onto the floor.
“This is really set to come to a head soon,” said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Oversight subcommittee.
Last week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) indicated that he “expected” a number of committee markups on the stimulus bill, including a possible markup in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Some, though, say running in lieu of crawling is not only contradictory to the way things are supposed to work, but shortsighted, even for “emergency” measures.
This is the fertile soil of the next Republican Revolution right here. When Republicans get done choosing their next chairman and he brings more conservatism to the Republican Party, the new conservatives will expand their base here; in the damage pelosi is doing to her own party.
Keep digging, Nancy. Keep on digging.