A handful of Republicans, including [Virginia] Foxx [R-5th] and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th, have used procedural maneuvers to block consideration of the $36 billion Homeland Security bill.North Carolina Democrat David Price isn't taking it from his little neighbor:
Rep. David Price, D-4th, is the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on homeland security. It’s his bill that Republicans are trying to block. He said that there will “probably not” be any earmarks in this bill when all the details are finished, and that Republicans are playing politics with important legislation.The procedural shenanigans is supposedly for a good cause. Republicans want to stop the earmark process they say Democrats pledged to end. Interesting how Republicans want to end earmarks right after they spend 6 years personally benefiting from them in the reelection game.
“I think it is very poor, even reckless, judgment on the part of right-wing Republicans to delay this bill … just for their political purposes,” Price said.
He added that the bill, which continued to be debated late into last night, needed to be passed now because Congress has the other appropriations bills to address this summer.
I applaud Ginny and Pat's interest in ending earmarks and expect them not to accept one thin dime for their districts if they ever are in the position to receive them.
*Let's not forget his fun with Barney where he tried his darnedest (but failed miserably) to use procedure to point out something he thought we all should know about American Samoa.