The First week of Business in Washington
The American people were watching every move made by Congress last week. It definitely was a rewarding activity, for once. The Conservatives were prepared and set the tone for what could be expected this year. Most Republicans are aware this may be a short lived career due to hard decisions that must be made over the next two years. This did not deter them from hitting the ground running with the business of the people.
What was the most unusual moment? Having the House members participate in saying the various components of the Constitution was long overdue. For several years, members of Congress have proposed legislation and deals that would have made the founding fathers shudder with remorse.
What was the best educational moment? Prior to the reading of the Constitution which was instigated by the Conservatives, the liberals wanted to know exactly what would be read on the House Floor. The Conservatives explained that many words of the original Constitution were redacted by the Library of Congress when they were in essence, nullified by various amendments. Most people in the country believe the original Constitution stands as is, and have not factored in the alterations that have occurred via the amendments and precedents set by the Supreme Court. It was an inspiring event to watch, and most Americans were fervently hoping the participants recognized this event was a sacred honor.
Were the Republicans prepared? Yes. On the second day the rules committee hearings began the discussions and testimonies about Obamacare. Majority Leader Cantor immediately proposed rule changes on the floor and shared the schedule with the Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer. The organization and planning was evident.
Did the Liberals make any missteps? Yes. Ms. Louise Slaughter, former chair of the Rules Committee, suffered a great embarrassment in the public hearing. Ms. Slaughter’s new position is senior ranking member of the minority on the Rules Committee. She began by chastising and shouting at the Conservative Committee Chairs that were seated before her. Her exact words were, “ I am astonished that the three of you sit there, and say the Republicans had not input or activity in the Healthcare Bill.” Ms. Slaughter quoted many hours and meetings that went into the Healthcare Bill. Further, she said the Democrat Caucus had logged about twice as many hours in the effort. It appeared Ms. Slaughter was truly upset by the Republicans for having these hearings so soon, much less, at all. The media was crowded into the room, and everyone was riveted to her words. The three men tried to answer her questions and make comments, but Ms. Slaughter continued to badger and speak over the top of everyone’s voices. It was at that moment that something truly remarkable occurred. Mrs. Virginia Foxx asked for the floor. She pointed out the statistics cited by Ms. Slaughter pertained to the bill passed by the house. Ms. Slaughter was misleading people about the facts. One could hear a pin drop in the room. Mrs. Foxx went on to say that the Conservatives were not permitted amendments or discussion on the Senate Bill that was passed, and it was very different from the House Bill. Mrs. Foxx had facts and figures at her fingertips, and quite frankly. Ms. Slaughter was made to look a fool. A round of applause should be given for Mrs. Foxx who can always be counted upon to tell the truth and be prepared.
After all of the proceedings, we also learned the Republicans have a plan to take care of the everpresent Czar problem. They will be putting legislation forward to fix the problem of non-approved people who bypassed the Senate evaluation process. One of the concerns about this administration is the number of Czars, their radical views, their power, and the massive amount of money to pay their salaries. The bill will address the problem.
The Republicans outlined key areas they believe are broken in the Healthcare system. Their committees are already putting together simple documents proposing each solution. The legislation from the Conservatives is likely to be brief as the document to repeal Obamacare was only two pages and very easy to understand. Easy to understand legislation, with no trickery shall be a breath of fresh air.
For the first week, they earned kudos on organization and focus. It was clear from the tone of the speeches and the content, that these people know the economic fate of the land is in their hands. I look forward to the coming weeks of legislation as the 112th The country will be watching as the people’s House is restored to a place of honor and truth. There are no illusions that many of the people in the House have been duplicit and corrupt in past years. However, this is a new beginning and if their activities continue with the high standard of the first week, the American people will be well served.
A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. Grover Cleveland