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Today it became part of the Congressional Record: the words of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) were not stricken from the record, despite the efforts of Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT).  

George W. Bush is a "lying imperial president", and these words were ruled by the chair Rep. Linda Sanchez, and so voted by the majority, to be within Congress' parliamentary rules.

This is my typed transcript from today's House Judiciary Subcmte. Hearing on the Firing of U.S. Attorneys.

these words were voted parliamentary:

Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC):

this president has abused the presumtive privilege

this is the same president who told me he was going to be a different kind of president and renegged on that promise

vice president cheney... I presume he is claiming the privilege also... claiming he is not in the executive branch

he's the same president who lied to Congress and the American people about the reasons for going to war

the president who has put people into jail without even bringing any charges against them and rendered them to other countries for questioning

the same president that exposed the cia agents by revealing their identities and then turned around and pardoned the person who lied about whether he had justification for doing that or his reasons for doing that

he's the same president who declared victory on an aircraft carrier while still in the midst of a war

this is a president who i have trouble giving any presumptions to anymore and i believe the american people are having trouble giving him any more presumptions

i cannot accept the standards of the last six years of oversight of this president.  we have a responsibility to oversee the conduct of this president and the president is still sticking his thumb in our eye and saying that he still has some privilege

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT)
madam chair...
these words are unparliamentary
he's called the president a liar, he's talking about the president sticking his thumb in the eye of the people... i believe that is unparliamentary language and ask that his words be stricken down

rep watt
i think the american people know what we're dealing with.. an imperial president who thinks that he's above the law and we have a responsibility to the american people and to the president that he's not above the law

these are unparliamentary words

these are not unparliamentary words

i am reluctant to do this.. we have rules of decorum in congress... a member may refer to political motives of the president, however personal criticism, inuendo, ridicule, or terms of aprobrium are not in order

Chairwoman Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
the chair believes the gentleman's words, although harsh, are not unparliamentary

i insist the gentleman's words be taken down

the words were not unparliamentary

motion to vote on the words being parliamentary

voice vote
yeas have it with one resounding Nay from Cannon, who calls for a recorded vote

recorded vote

the motion to overturn the ruling of the chair fails
the words are ruled parliamentary

House Judiciary Subcmte. Hearing on the Firing of U.S. Attorneys
CSpan from 1:00

Originally posted to dgr on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:56 PM PDT.

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