Sell-out "Bush Dog" Dems Roll Over, Play Dead
April 10, 2008
Nancy Pelosi pulls a fast one on the Bush administration.
The House adopted a rules change Thursday that freezes the Colombia free trade agreement by waiving a requirement that Congress act on it within 90 days. The rule passed mostly along party lines by a vote of 224-195 with one lawmaker voting present.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress and the White House must first enact policies to help the faltering U.S. economy before approving the Colombia pact. "We should certainly do more for our economy before we pass another trade agreement," she said in remarks on the House floor.Pelosi just changed the Fast Track trade authority rules in the House so that she is under no obligation to put the Colombia trade bill on the calendar. She has many motivations for doing this, but here's one of them:
...Democrats have argued that President Bush broke years of precedent by submitting the trade agreement to Congress without first receiving approval from House and Senate leaders...
...Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said President Bush "forgot" to consult with his panel before crafting the proposed deal with Colombia. "Let's give the House more time to facilitate an atmosphere to allow the members [to] know what's in the bill," he said.It's instructive to look at the ten Democrats that voted against Pelosi: