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  •  I think Pelosi sees it. She spoke about it. But (1+ / 0-)
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    it's like yelling down a well.

    She was on fire April 26, the day that Congress passed the modification of the sequester to keep the FAA funded properly so that air traffic controller positions would not be left vacant:

    Ms. PELOSI.
    This is really a very unusual morning. We are here because of the refusal of the Republicans to come to the table for a conference.

    What is a conference? A conference is a public open meeting where differences between the House budget bill and the Senate budget bill can be reconciled.

    It is done with transparency and in full public view. Each side proud of our priorities, we have the American people be the judge of their statement of values.  Afraid of that public scrutiny, the Republicans have refused to appoint conferees for a conference. We call upon the Speaker to appoint conferees so that we can have that public airing, that transparent view, of something very important. The Republican leadership has said in the House and the Senate they want the regular order.

    What is the regular order?   The regular order is the House passes a bill; the Senate passes a bill; you go to conference. Now, afraid that their views may be rejected by the American people, they don’t want to go to conference. That’s why we are here this morning for sequestration.

    What is sequestration? Sequestration is a mindless, across the board cutting of what we are now recognizing as something that should not be cut. It affects the efficiency and the safety of our airports. That’s very important. Yet, as our distinguished Democratic whip, Mr. HOYER, has pointed out, there is much more that needs to be addressed instead of using this as a vehicle.

    This is THE story that the press should be covering and they're doing the Republicans a huge favor by keeping quiet about it.  If you don't read the Congressional Record where Speaker Pelosi's words appear the transcript of proceeding for that day, you'd probably never know there's something notable being suppressed.

    The quote appears on p 13 of the pdf or H2367.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:13:05 AM PDT

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