3 Cheers For Bipartisanship (UPDATED)

on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama's news conference to Americans Monday night was riddled with campaign-esque rhetoric on how incredibly bipartisan the stimulus bill is.

Apparently the word 'bipartisan' means doing only what Barack and the Democratic party wants:

Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package...

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.

I spoke with House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) moments ago about this latest version of Democratic “bipartisanship.” Pence told me, “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.”
How can Obama claim that the bill is bipartisan when you consider the fact that 216 out of the 219 Republican members of Congress DID NOT vote yes on this thing and that Republicans were completely shut out of the final negotiation process?

Quote of the Day:

“Democrats are ready to lead and prepared to govern in a fair and open way to promote a new direction for all Americans.”

- Nancy Pelosi, 12/07/2006

UPDATE: From BMI via Drudge:

“My name’s Tom Price and I represent the Sixth District of Georgia and [am] the privileged chair of the Republican Study Committee,” Price said. “It’s now noon on Wednesday. I’m standing outside the office of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The door is closed. We just heard news break there’s been an agreement between the House and the Senate on the non-stimulus bill."

Negotiators were slated to meet later in the day. However, since news of a deal was leaked to the media, Price questioned if there were “shady deals” going on.

“It’s curious because Republicans were invited to a meeting they said at 3 o’clock this afternoon,” Price continued. “What this means is there are more shady deals going on behind closed doors -- without the public, without Republicans in attendance.”
To echo Price, how could Pelosi, Reid, and crew announce to the media at noon that a deal and price tag had been reached when Republicans weren't allowed to the meetings until 3 PM?

So much for Obama's claim 3 months ago that both he and the Democratic controlled Congress will "end the practice of writing legislation behind closed doors" while "restoring the American people's trust in their government by making government more open and transparent."