House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress’ work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.
C-SPAN wrote a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking that TV cameras be allowed to film negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform legislation.
But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the process.
“There has never been a more open process for any legislation,” Pelosi said at a press conference. (emphasis mine)
How can she even begin to say this with a straight face? What can only be described as backroom deals which resulted in bribes for key Senatorial votes, that is “transparency?” Congress believes the American people fools and unable to see through the blatant corruption that now overflows, like a backed up sewer from Washington.
Pelosi also hinted that holding informal negotiations–likely without TV cameras–might be the most practical way to push the legislation through.
“We will do what is necessary to pass the bill,” Pelosi said.
I’m sure you will, including.. additional bribes, threats and guarantees to particular caucus groups which cater to special interests. Can we say… Immigration reform, instead of actually enforcing the current laws.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), assistant to the Speaker, said the healthcare bill had been “subjected to unprecedented level of public scrutiny.”(emphasis mine)
And what have the American people been consistently saying the summer? They don’t want Congress or the administration cramming this insane bill through Congress. Most recent Rasmussen poll shows, 42% of registered voters are in favor of reform, while 52% oppose. I would suggest that the public scrutiny is only the accumulated efforts of patriots, who spent countless hours pouring over the legislation and digging through the 2,000 plus page documents; something that many elected officials did not even bothered to do, before voting in favor of the bill in the House. Case in point, my own slime ball non-representative Visclosky, whose own office told me you had to be “special,” to read the legislation.
“We don’t even know if there’s going to be a conference committee,” he said, alluding to the likelihood that Democrats will reconcile the two bills behind closed doors.
Pressed on whether C-SPAN cameras would be allowed in negotiations, Van Hollen hedged.
How many time did Obama state that the hearings on health care would be transparent? He suggested repeatedly all the negotiations would be carried on CSpan, now we are subject to corruption and special interests groups having a seat at the table , while the voice of the American people is ignored.
Mr. President and Congress… it is you who are without shame! The American people see this and 2010 will be the start of the cleaning process to remove the dirt, the shameless and the corruption from Congress.