House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.LOL!! Really. The whole Senate bill that was voted out of the Senate was crafted behind closed doors by Harry Reid with special trinkets like the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback tucked into the bill to buy individual votes. It was the same story in the House. Now they're planning to ping-pong back and forth between the House and Senate instead of having a conference committee work on it. And Michelle Malkin reminds us how the Democrats were complaining when Republicans avoided having conference committees. But that was back when the Democrats were promising to clean out the culture of corruption in the Congress. Things are different now, but one thing is still the same. Nancy Pelosi will say whatever sounds good with total disregard for the truth.
C-SPAN wrote a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking that TV cameras be allowed to film negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform legislation.
But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the process.
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation," Pelosi said at a press conference.
Pelosi also hinted that holding informal negotiations--likely without TV cameras--might be the most practical way to push the legislation through.
"We will do what is necessary to pass the bill," Pelosi said.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), assistant to the Speaker, said the healthcare bill had been "subjected to unprecedented level of public scrutiny."
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Boy, this qualifies as Whopper of the Month. C-Span is pressing congressional leaders to allow them to air the negotiating over the health care reform bill. And Nancy figures that it is better to just lie than to try to defend all the secret behind-the-door negotiating going on with this bill.