Reed Supports Issa on Silencing Democrats

Perhaps you caught it on last night’s news — one of the low points in this era of Tea Party control of the House of Representatives. Darrell Issa, Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was holding yet another hearing in his fruitless attempt to find scandal in efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to verify that organizations claiming tax exempt status as civic organizations are entitled to that status.

After Issa held forth, Rep. Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the committee, attempted to speak, but Issa cut off Cummings’ microphone. No member of Congress from the Democratic side was permitted to speak.

Today, Democrats attempted to bring a resolution to the floor condemning Issa for his Putin-like behavior. Specifically, Democrats wanted to cite Issa for violating a House rule requiring that Members “behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Instead of allowing a vote on the resolution, Republicans moved to table it. Some 211 Republicans, including our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, voted in favor of the motion to table. Not a single Democrat did.

Congressional hearings are a vital part of our democracy.  Through hearings, all sides of critical issues are debated in an open forum.  Television, radio, and newspaper reporters cover hearings and bring the debates to the people. But for Republicans, including Rep. Reed, Issa’s silencing of Democrats in a public hearing on an important matter reflected creditably on the House.

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10 Responses to Reed Supports Issa on Silencing Democrats

  1. whungerford says:

    It is highly improbable that hundreds of individuals, voting on an issue on its merits, would split exactly along party lines. When this happens, our representatives fail to provide us with their honest services, they serve their parties rather than the public.

  2. BOB MCGILL says:

    Right here, in the 23rd, there are quite a few phony Enveironmental groups that are nothing but political action groups trying to get as many Democrats elected as possible. If you watch these groups long enough, their leaders run for office on the Democratic line. If you know anything about environmental issues, you will realize they are nothing but a bunch of liars !

    • whungerford says:

      Rather than existing to elect Democrats, environmental organizations may seek to elect representatives who will act to protect the environment. As noted earlier, Tom Reed’s voting record reflects little if any concern for protecting the environment.

      • BOB MCGILL says:

        That is just your opinion. I strongly disagree and seeing as how you can’t win a debate with me about envieonmental issues, your opinion is meaningless.

        • whungerford says:

          No, not just my opinion. Evidently those involved in efforts to protect the environment share my view of Reed’s lack of support for their efforts.

    • Barbara Griffin says:

      Being a member of the Sierra Club, the NRDC, Union of Concerned Scientists, the Environmental Action Fund, and Food and Water Watch to name a few, I take offense at being referred to as a liar. Since we all breathe the same air and depend on clean water for survival, I’m going to vote for whichever candidate supports our environment over corporate ruin.

  3. Anne says:

    Even Issa’s tried to backtrack on this one, apologizing–awkwardly, but attempting it, nonetheless.

  4. Barbara Griffin says:

    Regarding Darrell Issa’s behavior at the recent committee meeting, I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing. In a democracy, there must be room for debate. Not only did Issa kill the debate and table further discussion, he did so in a manner that was so rude, he should not be allowed to chair ANY committee.

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