May 5, 2008
Ranking Member Lewis and Republican Appropriators to protest “unprecedented” war supplemental process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jerry Lewis, Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, made the following statement today regarding the Democrat leadership’s unprecedented attempts to supersede the normal legislative process on a massive emergency war supplemental funding bill:
“Today, the Republicans of the Appropriations committee are taking a stand against the Democrat leadership’s blatant disregard of millions of American voters through the degradation of the democratic processes of this institution.
The Democrat leaders of the House and Senate are attempting to jam a 200-plus billion dollar spending bill through the Congress, with absolutely no oversight or scrutiny by vast majority of Members, Senators, or their constituents. Never in my 30 years in Congress has there been such an abuse of the processes and rules of the House. By going down this unprecedented path, the Democrat leadership is attempting to suppress all opposing voices – including members of their own party - while hiding the truth about the contents of this legislation from the American people.
My Committee members and I are rising today to protest this shameful attempt by the Democrat leadership to degrade our institution. We will use every procedural option available to object to this underhanded process, and to ensure the fair representation of the voices and pocketbooks of all Americans.
We, the Republican Members of the Appropriations committee, demand that this polluted, back-door scheme be brought to a halt, and that we return to a proper, fair, and transparent appropriations process.”
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