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Pelosi to Block Vote on Colombia
AP via SFGate ^ | 4/9/8 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 04/09/2008 11:23:48 AM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Defying the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the House will change its rules to avoid a required vote this year on a hotly disputed free-trade agreement with Colombia.

Pelosi said she will bring a procedural change to the House floor on Thursday that would remove the timetable under which Congress would have had to take up trade bills within 90 legislative days after they are received from the White House.

"The president took action" in submitting the Colombia free trade agreement to Congress on Tuesday, she said. "I will take mine tomorrow." Pelosi said that Bush called her Monday to tell her he was sending the agreement to Congress.

White House press secretary Dana Perino reacted sharply. "Speaker Pelosi today did something unprecedented in the history of negotiating trade deals in announcing that Democrats would change the rules in the middle of the game," Bush's spokeswoman said.

Perino said removing the 90-day timetable sets an awful precedent "for all future administrations, both Republicans and Democrats, because countries will not be able to have faith in our word when we're negotiating trade deals."

The White House has aggressively pushed Congress to approve the deal with Colombia, arguing that helping a key ally in South America is in the political and security interests of the United States. Perino accused Democrats of trying to kill the deal "without having to have their fingerprints on it."

House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement that Pelosi's proposed rule change "would be cheating." He asked what nation "would conclude a treaty with the United States knowing that Congress can change the rules of the game after it is negotiated?"

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; colombia; columbia; obstructionistdems; pelosi
Pelosi's buddy, Hugo Chavez, will be very pleased.
1 posted on 04/09/2008 11:23:49 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Bring back Gephardt.


2 posted on 04/09/2008 11:25:06 AM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama

Paleos dancing in the streets at the news.


3 posted on 04/09/2008 11:26:16 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SmithL

> “Pelosi to Block Vote on Colombia”

Proving, once again that, for the Democrats, it’s not about Democracy, it’s about their communist agenda.


4 posted on 04/09/2008 11:29:46 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: SmithL
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the House will change its rules

Do they EVER follow the rules?

5 posted on 04/09/2008 11:30:33 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

OK, Nan, drop the pretencse. Who’s paying you to be this dumb?


6 posted on 04/09/2008 11:31:29 AM PDT by tanuki (u)
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To: SmithL

Piglosi represents her marxist constituents well.


7 posted on 04/09/2008 11:32:09 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The Presidential election is a race to the bottom. Which Party will out stupid the other to lose ?)
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To: SmithL

I’m so happy the spineless republicans always played nice when those neutered chumps were in charge.


8 posted on 04/09/2008 11:32:09 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: SmithL

For the mere crime of electing a president slightly to the right of center, the people of Colombia will be left out in the wilderness by their “friends” in the U.S.


9 posted on 04/09/2008 11:32:34 AM PDT by threeleftsmakearight
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To: SmithL
Pelosi Pledges DNC Loyalty to Communists in Venezuela/Ecuador
10 posted on 04/09/2008 11:32:41 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: SmithL

Democrats=Peons of Hugo Chavez


11 posted on 04/09/2008 11:33:38 AM PDT by SolidWood
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To: 1rudeboy
Killing this deal should cause all our illegals to return to their country of origin. So we've got that going for us.
12 posted on 04/09/2008 11:34:27 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Why are doom and gloomers, union members and liberals so bad at math?)
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To: SmithL
She and the other anti-American left-wing Communist are blocking the vote because they want to support their Communist brothers in the other South American Countries that are at war with the United States.

Or maybe she is a Camorra since she used illegals in her business in the anti-American foreign country Joseph Francisco.

13 posted on 04/09/2008 11:34:35 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: johnny7
"Pelosi Pledges DNC Loyalty to Communists in Venezuela/Ecuador"

How quickly would Pelosi bring such an agreement with Venezuela to a vote, I wonder?

14 posted on 04/09/2008 11:35:22 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: SmithL

Why doesn’t she just allow it to go to vote? Don’t they have the numbers?


15 posted on 04/09/2008 11:37:48 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: SmithL

Without using armed force, and knowing that the political system has miserably failed, how in the hell do we get our country out of this mess????

We can’t live out all of these traitors.


16 posted on 04/09/2008 11:43:47 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obama has "changed" me. I am now "a Typical White Person”.)
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To: Gator113

live out = outlive


17 posted on 04/09/2008 11:44:39 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obama has "changed" me. I am now "a Typical White Person”.)
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To: SmithL
****”House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the rules change would apply only to Colombia.”****

She may want to reconsider this maneuver. If she ticks off enough Republican Senators and they maintain over 45 after the election but a Democrat wins the White House there won't be a single piece of legislation passed because the Republicans will filibuster everything without explanation.

18 posted on 04/09/2008 11:50:12 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: Gator113

“Without using armed force, and knowing that the political system has miserably failed, how in the hell do we get our country out of this mess????”

A good question indeed sir!


19 posted on 04/09/2008 11:52:21 AM PDT by USMCGunnut (Be polite, be professional....but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: SmithL

OBSTRUCTION


20 posted on 04/09/2008 11:58:58 AM PDT by rod1 (uestion)
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To: SmithL
I just spoke to Hoyers office and the girl that answered the phone said she didn't know anything about this but she said,”if Pelosi changes the rules after they're in place then doesn't sound right”.
21 posted on 04/09/2008 12:03:18 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: 1rudeboy
Making American products more expensive is how Pelosi helps the economy and the middle class while protecting American jobs.

Good work Nancy. Thanks for reminding us of the many benefits of protectionism.

22 posted on 04/09/2008 12:20:35 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: avg_freeper

You can’t negotiate with these people...In this respect Bush failed as a president.


23 posted on 04/09/2008 12:25:42 PM PDT by nikos1121 (typical white person)
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To: SmithL

All the more reason to get out there to get Republicans back in charge. Nancy is going to single-handedly drop the approval rating for congress down into single digits. Well, actually she’ll have help from her compatriot, Howard Dean. Between the two of them, the United States could just end up being the laughing stock of the plant.


24 posted on 04/09/2008 12:27:33 PM PDT by quintr
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To: tobyhill
If she ticks off enough Republican Senators and they maintain over 45 after the election but a Democrat wins the White House there won't be a single piece of legislation passed because the Republicans will filibuster everything without explanation.

Not that that would be a bad thing either.

25 posted on 04/09/2008 12:37:46 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SmithL

I’m kind of confused. Pelosi changing the rules sounds quite wrong. However, why am I supposed to be in favor of this deal with Columbia? Why should I back Bush on this one. Sounds like a bid to start expanding NAFTA into South America. More American jobs going offshore, etc., etc. Maybe I’m wrong, and I’d like to hear why if I am, but I just don’t trust Bush anymore on trade issues, immigration issues, etc. He’s too willing to help out our southern cousins at the expense of our American brothers.


26 posted on 04/09/2008 12:38:08 PM PDT by mngran2
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To: SmithL
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the House will change its rules to avoid a required vote this year on a hotly disputed free-trade agreement with Colombia.

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"No more cafe for that puta Pelosi."

27 posted on 04/09/2008 12:56:36 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: SmithL

someone needs to block Peeeeelousy


28 posted on 04/09/2008 1:11:45 PM PDT by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: johnny7

Makes you wonder if this is pro-FARC or pro-union. Don’t forget that the laptop of the FARC second in command killed in Ecuador had notes about meetings with “gringos” that sent word that Obama was eager to work with them.

Which candidate does Pelosi support?


29 posted on 04/09/2008 1:46:09 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Obama: baby is punishment; tax increase is bundle of joy)
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To: MtnClimber

Pro-union is only a convenient facade... half of our Congress is Marxist-socialist and supports its growth in South/Central America.


30 posted on 04/09/2008 1:53:04 PM PDT by johnny7
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To: SmithL
This is huge, and the reaction is so friggin' HO HUM.

I hope Bush tells the nation that Colombia is willing to REDUCE THEIR TARIFFS ON AMERICAN GOODS, some currently hit for 35%, to ZERO.

If that SOCIALIST Pelosi really gives a DAMN about jobs, she'll quit playing games with our allies.

I am SO damn glad I am not a Democrat anymore. As much as I think McCain and our other RINOs suck, as soon as I begin to ponder that, then Pelosi or Reid come out and do something like this. And I am reminded of what UTTER IDIOTS they are, and how I must never ever ever fall for the line that "both parties are really the same".

This Pelosi ploy is just so stupid.

31 posted on 04/09/2008 2:39:35 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: tobyhill
She may want to reconsider this maneuver. If she ticks off enough Republican Senators and they maintain over 45 after the election but a Democrat wins the White House there won't be a single piece of legislation passed because the Republicans will filibuster everything without explanation.

bull crap, toby. The Republicans, with a few notable exceptions, are a bunch of spineless jellyfish. And that is when they're at their strongest.

32 posted on 04/09/2008 2:40:57 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Can’t a man still dream?


33 posted on 04/09/2008 2:56:01 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: jaydubya2

They have the numbers. The rats don’t want to be on record as opposing the treaty.


34 posted on 04/09/2008 3:33:30 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Give unto Caesar when you wish - Support the Fair Tax.)
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To: avg_freeper
I’m so happy the spineless republicans always played nice when those neutered chumps were in charge.

Bears repeating.

35 posted on 04/09/2008 4:36:20 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: tobyhill

“Ticks off”.....Republican Senators??

LOLOL!! Stop, you’re killin’ me!


36 posted on 04/09/2008 4:39:01 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: SmithL

We can all contact Ms. Pelosi and respectfully explain to her WHY she should work to pass this trade agreement.

http://speaker.house.gov/contact


37 posted on 04/09/2008 5:50:20 PM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: SmithL

He asked what nation “would conclude a treaty with the United States knowing that Congress can change the rules of the game after it is negotiated?”

It’s the same tactic they use elsewhere, what nation would care to be our ally if they know that like the Vietnamese and Iraqis they could be left in the lurch.

This is why the cut and run policy of democrats is so dangerous.We are still paying for the shameful treason the democrat congress perpetrated on the south vietnamese.


38 posted on 04/09/2008 5:55:08 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SmithL

Elections have consequences.

Allowing Democrats to EVER win is a grave mistake.


39 posted on 04/09/2008 6:10:22 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

Irony.

Democrats have been yelling about the importance of a DEMOCRATIC system of VOTING.

Yet, in the case of CONGRESS, Pelosi is nullifying ALL of their votes.

Apparently, Pelosi really doesn’t believe in MAJORITY RULES.

She only believes that SHE RULES.


40 posted on 04/10/2008 9:33:36 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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