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Democrats vow to keep blocking ethics committee
Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2005 | Charles Hurt

Posted on 04/15/2005 2:56:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Democrats said yesterday that they will continue to block the House ethics committee from meeting — leaving Majority Leader Tom DeLay under a cloud of ethics accusations — because of their opposition to new ethics panel rules passed by the full House.

They insisted, however, that their stalling was not aimed at Mr. DeLay, who charged Wednesday that the Democrats' action was a partisan move also intended to protect a Democratic congressman involved in the illegal taping of a Republican member's cell-phone conversation.

..."This is the Democrats' agenda," Mr. DeLay said Wednesday. "They don't have an agenda."

Mr. Mollohan said their refusal to convene the committee stems entirely from the Republican insistence on changing rules on the committee's operation.

.... Among the rules changes the House approved Jan. 4 — in a 220-195 vote, with no Democrats in favor of the change — two have been most contentious.

The first rule places a limit on the amount of time the committee may consider an ethics case before it is summarily dismissed. Mr. DeLay said that under the old rules, Democrats would trap an accused Republican member in a "limbo" for an unlimited period before exonerating him. Mr. Mollohan said those limits damage any hopes of a thorough investigation.

The second contentious rule gives a member — and witnesses — greater latitude in choosing an attorney. Mr. DeLay said that is a basic matter of due process. Mr. Mollohan said it will allow the accused and witnesses to hire the same lawyer, which would allow for greater collaboration among subjects of an investigation.

A spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said the new rules were crucial to bringing bipartisanship to the ethics committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ethicscommittee; tomdelay

1 posted on 04/15/2005 2:56:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So much for their alleged outrage of DeLay. Not to mention, they want to provide cover for Baghdad McDermott.
2 posted on 04/15/2005 3:00:58 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: All
Pick up the Hammer!


3 posted on 04/15/2005 3:02:03 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You know, this really gets me thinking. Rats block Ethics? Rats block ethics? Rats BLOCK ETHICS? But of course!


4 posted on 04/15/2005 3:04:50 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I guess this is their way of keeping the ethics charge open so they can continue to claim there's an ethics violation. After all, it's the seriousness of the charge that counts, not the facts.


5 posted on 04/15/2005 3:05:24 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: MeekOneGOP

Rats block ethics. I know it sounds redundant but, well it's official now. FReegards....


6 posted on 04/15/2005 3:06:09 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arkie2

"Democrats vow to keep blocking ethics committee"

Sworn enemies of ethics.


7 posted on 04/15/2005 3:07:53 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

RATs block ethics...

Superman blocks Kryptonite...

Count Dracula blocks garlic and holy water...


8 posted on 04/15/2005 3:14:24 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Majority Leader Tom DeLay under a cloud of ethics accusations

Which is precisely where these repulsive people WANT DeLay to be.

In life, there are slugs, vermin and slimey stuff under moss covered rocks. Today's crop of Dems are lower than the slimey stuff under moss covered rocks - they are the residue left behind by all of these things.
9 posted on 04/15/2005 3:26:04 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: gridlock

"Count Dracula blocks garlic and holy water..."

And gridlock's enthusiasm is like a wet blanket in a snowstorm.


10 posted on 04/15/2005 3:32:41 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: DustyMoment

"the residue left behind"

The slime of slime...


11 posted on 04/15/2005 3:37:30 AM PDT by poobear
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To: poobear

Pond scum.


12 posted on 04/15/2005 3:50:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And we could go on...


13 posted on 04/15/2005 3:59:07 AM PDT by poobear
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Congressman Barney Frank was on TV trying to spread propaganda about Congressman DeLay. Say what you will about Frank, but he is intelligent and savvy.

But, even he could not sustain a credible argument during the interview. He stammered and was clearly frustrated when Congressman Dana Raschbacher introduced facts regarding the Democrats blocking of due process in the ethics committee.

Even with the MSM at full throttle against DeLay, this ship is sputtering. The Democrats look like they have another empty gun in their hand that couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

14 posted on 04/15/2005 4:10:15 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We need to find out how many Dems have family and friends on the payroll....
15 posted on 04/15/2005 4:12:19 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said the new rules were crucial to bringing bipartisanship to the ethics committee.



So, how's that "bi-partisan" thing working so far?


16 posted on 04/15/2005 4:22:25 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bump


17 posted on 04/15/2005 4:33:32 AM PDT by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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To: kempster
So, how's that "bi-partisan" thing working so far?

It's a crock. They need to get down to brass tacks and get the job done for their constituents.

18 posted on 04/15/2005 4:48:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mewzilla
We need to find out how many Dems have family and friends on the payroll....

Listen to Rush...he exposed quite a few as you can well imagine. The only difference is in Delay's case they are allegations whereas in the dim's case they are know facts.

19 posted on 04/15/2005 4:55:46 AM PDT by evad
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To: mewzilla

Rep. Bernard Sanders (SOCIALIST)


According to records filed with the Federal Election Commission, his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders received $91,020 from his campaign for consultation and negotiating the purchase of advertising time, from 2002 to 2004. About two-thirds of that money was used to pay media outlets, O'Meara Sanders said. Her daughter, Carina Driscoll, was paid $65,002 in wages over the same time period. She served as her stepfather's campaign manager in 2000, fund-raiser and office manager in 2003 and his database manager last year.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1384191/posts


20 posted on 04/15/2005 5:01:59 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Examples like that are why this story will end with a whimper shortly. Heh heh heh.


21 posted on 04/15/2005 5:11:48 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: SkyPilot
"The Democrats look like they have another empty gun in their hand that couldn't hit the broad side of a barn."

That would be "shooting blanks"... oddly appropriate, seems to me. Except that the democrats do have the MSM as their shooting range echo chamber.

22 posted on 04/15/2005 5:13:03 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@FunnyFriday.com)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; PhilDragoo; devolve; Grampa Dave; Happy2BMe; potlatch; yall
You know, this really gets me thinking. Rats block Ethics?
Rats block ethics? Rats BLOCK ETHICS? But of course!

You nailed it, AWM!!

'RATS are, for all practical purposes, saying:

Ethics?

We don't need no steenkin' ethics!


23 posted on 04/15/2005 5:32:07 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Just announce the ethics committee is permanently disbanded and declare politicians held accountable to the voters for their conduct.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
24 posted on 04/15/2005 5:35:06 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Excellent idea!

It really is a "joke" anyway.


25 posted on 04/15/2005 5:40:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why can't the House draft a bill that says if one party refuses to assemble and boycotts established committees, the rules will be made by majority vote of the attendees.... Period, end of story! </ dose of own medicine>


26 posted on 04/15/2005 5:52:20 AM PDT by demkicker (Support DeLay, the Hammer, and the fillibuster ban on judicial nominations!)
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To: mewzilla

The Vermont paper that reported on Bernie Saunders wife/daughter, wrote today that there are at least four dozen other congress men who have family on the payroll.

Hope they print every single name and follow up with every family member who works for a lobbying group.


27 posted on 04/15/2005 5:53:00 AM PDT by chgomac
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To: SkyPilot
"...but he is intelligent and savvy."

Only to those ignoramuses who elect the Wolly Woofter to Congress every 2 years (When he does not run unopposed). To me, he just a hypocritical, lying, self hating Jew who likes to talk in circles.
28 posted on 04/15/2005 6:28:14 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: SkyPilot

Thank you so much for featuring Barney Frank. He should be the rats' poster boy. FReegards....


29 posted on 04/15/2005 7:53:49 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: MeekOneGOP

I'm glad the rats' war against ethics is now out in the open. Hehehe!


30 posted on 04/15/2005 8:03:55 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
haha! :)

31 posted on 04/15/2005 8:40:40 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: SkyPilot; Cincinatus' Wife; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave

Dana rocks; Bawney thuckth; Tom rules.

32 posted on 04/15/2005 5:07:46 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo

33 posted on 04/15/2005 6:43:05 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: MeekOneGOP

34 posted on 04/15/2005 7:58:22 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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