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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Let's hope...

Earlier this week, we saw Democrats lose the crucial budget vote in the House, in part, because not all of their Members showed up to actually vote. It raised serious questions about whether the party is serious about actually regaining the majority. But today there is hope - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is preparing to take a dramatic step that could send the GOP's draconian budget cuts down to defeat.

Pelosi's press release spells it out:

"The Senate passed its immoral budget by a narrow margin of 51 to 50, with Vice President Dick Cheney breaking the tie. Because Democrats forced several changes to the budget bill, it now must come back to the House to be voted on again. Pelosi will not allow approval by unanimous consent and will request a recorded vote."

Pelosi's statement in her release makes it clear why this is important:

"Democrats believe this Republican bill has the wrong priorities. That is why we will request a recorded vote where all Members return to Washington to make clear their values to the America people. Democrats will work with our allies to fight for a budget that represents the values and needs of all Americans."

This is basically an unprecedented move - Democrats have long just rolled over and allowed these "unanimous consent" agreements to pass, but now they are putting their foot down. Pelosi is saying enough is enough - no more budgets that takes billions out of health care and puts it into new tax cuts for the very wealthy.

Let's hope every single Democrat shows up for this vote, and puts this bill down to defeat.

from sirotablog

Comments:
We need more if this in the Granite Block House as well. Too many solons hiding behid the "politically inepedient to legislate" or worse, the voice vote. Hemp, minimum wage, "Free Trade" compact moratoriums, ATV/anti environmental bills, education/ health care funding all need to be recorded. It's too bad our Righty Salmon press won't allow We the People to see these few publicized roll call votes that do get recorded and that for the regular Joe and Jane it's sooo difficult following the bueaucracy to see how our legislators vote.

But I digress then, we were talking about the Federal level.
 
I hope Pelosi has the ovaries to force 'em all to do the right thing. This budget is so wrong. The Democrats should be singing out loudly on the utter contempt the GOP has for the families they claim to value.
 
Now Susan, this is way too early for compassionate conservatism. We are still 10 plus months away from the general election.
 
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