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Sunday, August 17, 2008

McHugh To Pelosi - Do The People's Business, Not Your Own

Congressman John McHugh gave a passionate speech the other day on the floor of the adjourned House of Representatives to demand Speaker Nancy Pelosi end her book tour and return the House back into session to resolve issues that plague the public, energy cost and all the associated price increases that go along with high fuel cost.

Excerpts of the speech:
"In my 24 years of elected office, I have never before been to more townhalls, more places – where everyone is more concerned about one issue.  And, it's not just the price of gas, it's the associated rise in prices across the board – the price of a loaf of bread, the price of a gallon of milk.  People in my neck of the woods have already cut back as much as they can – they're carpooling, not taking that summer vacation, cutting out the unnecessary car trips. 
"I cannot for the life of me figure out what the motivation is of the majority to not be here dealing with this issue.  We might not come to a resolution.  But, when the Founding Fathers envisioned this House, they at least expected us to talk about the issues that were most important to this nation.  Yet, the Honorable Speaker has decided that the most pressing issue for her, for her Majority, is to go on vacation…what we ought to be doing is being here right now, meeting the charge of the American people, and debating how to solve this energy crunch and bring relief to Americans across the country.
"I would say to the Honorable Speaker, who is out on a book tour, I understand the responsibilities to your publisher, but you have a responsibility to the people of this nation that, as Speaker, you should be the first, not the last, to help when they are hurting, when they are frightened, when they are challenged.

The Congressman offered to buy 100 of the Speaker's book if she would end her self serving book tour and come back to work to discuss the issue effecting every American.

Ouch, Congressman, bad investment but a noble reason behind the offer, please don't send them out as Christmas presents. Hey, you could donate them as fireplace starters!

The Congressman has been working on important legislation to mitigate energy prices, the HEATR Act has bi-partisan support from Charlie Rangel, several others from the House and Senator Hillary Clinton.

1 comment:

Dan Francis said...

EXTRACT FROM MAIN POST:

"Congressman John McHugh gave a passionate speech the other day on the floor of the adjourned House of Representatives to demand Speaker Nancy Pelosi end her book tour and return the House back into session to resolve issues that plague the public, energy cost and all the associated price increases that go along with high fuel cost."

I would observe that giving a speech on the floor of the adjourned House and demanding anything is nothing more but ammo for a TV or Radio Ad during this silly campaign season. In short: it has zero meaning.

I have to wonder, though. Did Mr. McHugh give passionate speeches on the same floor when Gingrich was raping America back in 1995 about shutting down government not once, but twice, or rescinding LIHEAP money and cutting it from the budget? Nay, Mr. McHugh went along to get along... and that impacted 35,000 households in this district. Now, thanks to Tom DeLay, McHugh is referred to as "Mr. LIHEAP," after I blasted him on those awful votes and he felt a different kind of heat ...

There is so much phoniness in McHugh's remarks that there is not enough room at this forum to post them all.

Suffice it to say, "He's full of it and simply pandering."

But, what else would one expect in an election year? Honesty, level-headedness, openness, solutions, or pray tell: the truth? Not around here; not when sound bytes play better than action or honest, open service.

I'm done now.

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