Some House Republicans Have Gone Off the Deep End: Plan to Ask for Deepwater Drilling to Resume

In a few hours, the House Republicans will hold a press conference at the Capitol to call for an END TO THE MORATORIUM on deepwater drilling. 


Do they know that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon is still spewing? 

Do they know that no one seems to know how to make it stop?

In the past, lots of folks bought the lies that deepwater drilling was safe but now we have evidence that not only does it cost lives, it can devastate economies and destroy entire ecosystems.  We know that if there is an accident, that oil companies can only offer a “Doh!” and half-hearted assurances that they will make things right.  This is a different day.

So, how in the world is it possible that these Members of Congress believe that we should start deepwater drilling again? We still don't know exactly what caused the spill, how to prevent it from happening again, or even how to be prepared if one happens again.

It is disrespectful to those in the gulf.  It is disrespectful to those with a brain.

Here is the list of people participating in today’s press conference.  Please reach out to them… or maybe suggest that they see a doctor to have their head examined.

House Republicans will hold a news conference to call for an end to the moratorium on new deepwater drilling.

Contact: Jamie Hennigan at 202-225-2777

Date:  Today, Tuesday, June 15, 2pm ET

Place:  House Triangle, Capitol Building

Speakers; Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas

Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La.

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss.

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala.

Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas

Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas

Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.




House GOP Supports Wilson's Disgrace of Chamber

Republicans apparently believe it's alright to breach more than 200 years of decorum by slandering the President of the United States to his face on the floor of the House of Representatives.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is voting no on Tuesday's expected resolution condemning Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) -- and a GOP letter calling for other Republicans to hold the line is gathering steam.

Your modern Republican Party.

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The Republican "Plan" for Healthcare

Not much of a plan at all:

House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn't know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it.

The Republicans would be a little more convincing in their efforts to appear to be willing to negotiate in good faith on healthcare if, for instance, their plan was actually a bill longer than four pages that actually did something -- anything -- to reform our healthcare system. I would be surprised if they put forward a real plan, because they appear content simply saying no, a tactic that worked a decade and a half ago when Bill Clinton was President bush that hasn't been particularly fruitful for the party in the past few years. But if the Republicans are trying to seem like they are coming up with an alternative, they might consider, well, coming up with an alternative.

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Ridding New York of its GOP Congressmen

Following the 2008 elections, just three of New York state's 29-Member delegation to the House of Representatives were Republican. With the President's appointment of John McHugh to serve as the Secretary of the Army, the list of New York Republicans in the House was headed towards just two -- Pete King and freshman Chris Lee. But apparently that wasn't enough for the Obama White House, which according to the New York Daily News made a serious effort to get Congressman King to leave the House and join the administration.

The White House dangled the ambassadorship to Ireland in front of GOP Rep. Pete King, even before that coveted post went to the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Daily News has learned.

King (R-L.I.) chose to remain in Congress despite the Democrats' desire to wipe out all the Republican members of Congress in the Northeast.

"I'm shocked [King] didn't pursue it," said an inside source. "He loves Ireland almost as much as he loves the U.S."

King, who embraces his Irish roots, was a key player in peace talks between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland during the Clinton administration.

King represents one of the very few congressional districrs in New York state that Barack Obama did not carry in 2008 -- John McCain won in the Long Island-based third district by a 52 percent to 47 percent margin -- so a Democratic special election victory would not have been assured had King opted to accept the offer from the Obama White House. That said, Republicans could have ill afforded yet another open seat race, particularly one in which they were forced to play defense in a blue state, considering that they are miles away from getting back to the majority in the House any time soon. So in that regard, at least, they did catch a break. Then again, even without King saying yes to the White House, President Obama gets to once again burnish his bipartisan credentials for having invited a Republican to join his administration, so in the overall zero-sum game of politics this isn't really a win for the opposition.

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Conspiracy Theorist Congressman Ripe for Challenge

The nuttiest of the far-right fringe has a new conspiracy theory cause: Asserting, without any base in fact or law, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and is thus ineligible for the Presidency. Until now, however, the insanity had been limited to a statehouse and a federal district court, where a lawsuit was ignominiously swatted down. Until now.

Rep. Bill Posey, a freshman Republican from Florida, introduced a bill yesterday mirroring proposed state legislation in Missouri and elsewhere that stems from fringe doubts about Obama's eligibility for office.

The full bill text isn't yet available, and Posey's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but here's a summary:

H.R. 1503. A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution; to the Committee on House Administration.

The introduction of this ridiculous and frankly shameful piece of legislation should put Bill Posey squarely in the sights of House Democrats for 2010. The district Posey represents, Florida's 15th, is only marginally Republican, with a historical R+4 PVI rating. In 2008, John McCain carried the district -- though only by a narrow 51 percent to 48 percent margin. That fall, Posey received just 53 percent of the vote in what was his first successful congressional run, despite the fact that he outspent his relatively unknown Democratic challenger by close to a 9-to-1 margin.

Clearly, Posey is not entrenched, and his district isn't overwhelmingly Republican. So the fact that he is allying himself with a fringe that reporters are comparing to the conspiracy theorists who believed that Bill Clinton was involved in Vince Foster's death or that George W. Bush was in some way involved in 9/11 makes him highly vulnerable and ripe for a challenge in 2010.

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