“Draining The Swam”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won her job in part by denouncing Congress’s “culture of corruption,” and promised to “drain the swamp.” Has she succeeded? Rep. Pete King (R-NY), who joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline, says the House Speaker has failed miserably. “Speaker Pelosi has been totally hypocritical on this. She has been so self righteous and so moralizing, yet there are so many allegations out there against a significant number of Democrats.” The conversation turned quickly to Congressman Charles Rangel, who stepped down earlier today as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee amid ethics inquiries. “I feel Rangel did the right thing,” said King, “but again, the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership is what really surprises me with this.” For more on Rangel's resignation click here.
GOP Preparing To Slow Or Block Health Bill
According to an article appearing on TheHill.com, Republicans are preparing to slow or even block passage of the health care bill. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), appearing on FOX News, said , "I still think it creates a lot of problems when it comes back to the Senate because there will be lots of points of order that will lie against the bill in the Senate, and obviously, we will, hopefully, have the opportunity to raise some of those.” Democrats may attempt to ram the health care bill without Republican approval using reconciliation rules. Under these rules, the health care bill would only have to gain simple majority in the Senate instead of the 60 normally needed to end a filibuster. When asked about the possibility of Democrats actually using reconciliation to push the health care bill through, Thune wasn’t so sure. "I think we have to be prepared for all types of different scenarios and sort of game this out," Thune explained. "I mean, our goal at the end is to stop a really bad bill from passing." For more on this story please visit TheHill.com.
Sen. Jim Bunning: “Why I Took A Stand On Spending”
Many out-of-work Americans would have begun to lose unemployment and health benefits this week during a one-man filibuster in the Senate which temporarily blocked a measure to extend those and other programs for another month. The man creating the filibuster was Sen. Jim Bunning. Why would someone block a measure that on the surface appears to help those desperately in need? Senator Bunning joined Sean by phone to discuss his reasoning. The Senator explained that extending the provisions would add to spiraling budget deficits because the bill is not paid for. "If we can't find $10 billion to pay for it, we will not pay for anything," he said. "The debt that we have arrived at … it's unsustainable." Bunning suggested that Congress pay for the measure with unused economic stimulus funds. The Congressman agreed yesterday to end his one-man hold but pointed out to Sean he believes he successfully demonstrated that our government needs to be more fiscally conservative with our hard earned tax dollars.
James Paul David "Jim" Bunning (born October 23, 1931) is an American politician and former pitcher in Major League Baseball. Bunning pitched in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. When he retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he is currently 17th. Bunning pitched a perfect game in 1964, a feat that has been accomplished only eighteen times in Major League history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. After retiring from baseball, Bunning returned to his native northern Kentucky and was subsequently elected to the city council, and then the state senate, in which he served as minority leader. In 1986, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and has served there... More >
Peter T. King (born April 5, 1944) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of New York, currently the United States Congressman for the state's 3rd Congressional District. Along with Chris Lee, who represents New York's 26th congressional district, King is one of only two Republicans to represent the state of New York at the federal level. King was considered a possible candidate for United States Senate in 2010, but has decided to run again for his congressional seat. However, in January of 2010, King said he was reconsidering a Senate run.