Republicans caught the Democrats in a last minute “stimulus” power play that cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package. Staff members from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met last night to put together the “stimulus” conference report. They intend to attempt to shove this $1.3 trillion spending bill through in the dead of the night without Republican input so floor action can take place in both chambers on Thursday.
Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) spoke about this latest version of Democratic “bipartisanship.” He said: “I think the American people deserve to know that legislation that would comprise an amount equal to the entire discretionary budget of the United States of America is being crafted without a single House Republican in the room.”
Yes Democrats won bigger majorities in the election. Yes Obama won the election. But the Republicans in Congress still represent a vast swath of American voters. Don’t they deserve to have a seat at this table? Given that they’ll be footing the bill for this massive spending spree too?
And that’s not even mentioning all the blathering we heard from Obama and Democrats about a “new era of bipartisanship” and how Obama was going to be a President for all Americans.