Sunday, May 20, 2007

Dems Ethics Reform: Murtha Bullying

Was bullying the minority part of the Dems Mandate? Seems to me this is further justification for keeping Murtha out of a leadership role.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has accused Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) of threatening him on the House floor and plans to force the full House to vote next week on whether to reprimand him.

A week ago Rogers offered a procedural motion to the fiscal 2008 intelligence bill that would have prevented funding for an earmark Murtha sponsored to authorize $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center, a government agency based in his district.

Rogers said Murtha approached him on the House floor Thursday and told him: “I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone and you will not get any earmarks now and forever.”

Rogers argues that the threat is a violation of House rules, which preclude members from conditioning earmarks on a members’ vote. House Rule XXIII, Clause 16 states that members “may not condition the inclusion of language to provide funding for a congressional earmark, a limited tax benefit, or a limited tariff benefit in any [legislation].”
I wonder why they don't include his explosion at Tiahrt?

I can see getting warm about the appropriations, but these direct threats against fellow senators rather than just discussion and voting is irresponsible.

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