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Democrats on Iraq: Substantive Plans or Political "Timidity"?

January 30, 2007

Nearly everyone acknowledges that the congressional “resolutions of disapproval” – non-binding criticisms of the President and his new strategy for success in Iraq – are nothing more than political statements. Now more and more Democrats are acknowledging it themselves. Roger Simon described the state of play in a Politico column earlier this week: Read More

Key Democrat on 'Cromnibus': "We Probably Have Made Some Wrong Choices"

January 30, 2007

Yesterday it was revealed that the Democrats broke their pledge to shut down earmarks in their massive $463.5 billion spending measure. In fact, their bill includes hundreds of millions of dollars for hidden earmarks – earmarks such as the $44.6 million for a Tropical Rain Forest in Iowa, and $266 million in previously cancelled earmarks going to the Department of Energy (DOE). Read More

Boehner: House Republicans Will Move to Shut Off Earmarks in Democrat Spending Bill

January 30, 2007

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced this morning that House Republicans will move to shut off funding for nearly $500 million in hidden earmarks stuffed into the Democrat “CROMNIBUS” spending bill. Under the Republican proposal, this money would instead be used to support America’s military and enforce anti-drug laws. Read More

Boehner Statement on Democrats’ Decision to Fund Pork-Barrel Earmarks Instead of Military Families, Anti-Drug Efforts, Deficit Reduction

January 30, 2007

U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today on the Democrats’ $463.5 billion spending package. Democrats rejected a Republican amendment that would have stripped approximately $500 million in pork-barrel earmarks from the bill and used the money for military housing, anti-drug efforts, and deficit reduction:“I have consistently stated that Republicans are eager to work with Democrats for the good of the country we were all elected to serve, but that we will hold them accountable for their promises at the same time. Read More

Boehner Announces Republican Appointments to Ethics Task Force

January 30, 2007

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced the appointment of four Republican Members that will serve on an ethics task force to study whether an outside enforcement entity is necessary to oversee member ethics conduct. He issued the following statement:“I appreciate Speaker Pelosi’s willingness to reach out to House Republicans and work with us on this important issue. Read More