The Doing-Something Congress

The White House doesn’t like it that Congress is actually trying to do its job.

The White House on Thursday pushed back against congressional investigations of the Bush administration and said lawmakers should spend more time passing bills to solve domestic problems.

In a constitutional showdown with Congress, the administration claimed executive privilege and rejected demands for White House documents about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

The House and Senate Judiciary committees have set a deadline of 10 a.m. next Monday for the White House to explain its basis for the claim.

The administration has not said when or if it will respond. Spokesman Scott Stanzel said Thursday the White House has received a many requests for information since Democrats took control of Congress in January and has turned over 200,000 pages of documents.

“They’ve launched over 300 investigations, had over 350 requests for documents and interviews and they have had over 600 oversight hearings in just about 100 days,” Stanzel said.

Democrats were dubious of the figures but did not offer their own.

“His numbers are as faulty as the intelligence they used to make their case for war,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“In the last six years, all they’ve had is a rubber-stamp Congress. Since January, Democrats have demanded accountability, a change of course and transparency,” Manley said.

Gee, and just last week the GOP was calling them the “do-nothing Congress.” I guess they just don’t like what the Dems are doing.

Oh, and don’t you love the part about “passing bills to solve domestic problems”? Like what…stem-cell research? Ending the war, which has been sucking all the money up that should be spent on domestic problems, like education and health care for children?



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7 responses to “The Doing-Something Congress

  1. It’s a like a child caught with something they shouldn’t have, but they insist on keeping their hands behind their back. Except in this case, the Dems are too much “that’s okay son, cotinue being a little bastard.”

    And everyone knows that problems with education can be solved only through a combination of vouchers and home schooling.

  2. Melissa McEwan

    I guess they just don’t like what the Dems are doing.

    Get me to the fainting couch–stat!

  3. NameChanged

    Well, the Republicans did so much for domestic issues, so it is impossible for the Democrats to measure up, so they will not even try.


    Stop crying White House squatters. The landlord has come back to town, and they don’t take kindly to your ilk destroying the lovely property. The party is over. Take your shit and stop complaining, you’ve had it too good for too long.

  4. oddjob

    Only six oversight hearings per day??? How many of us can come up with more than six actions of this administration which require serious oversight hearings???

  5. Yeah, the Congress should be sending up legislation for the president to veto or issue a signing statement and ignore. What’s with all these pointless investigations, anyhow?

  6. Silver Owl

    It always amazes me that republicans are the first to bitch about how every other American is not working hard enough, long enough nor cheap enough and the first to bitch when their balls are slammed in the vice of their own making. The lazy bitches. Stupid to boot. lol I certainly love to hear them squeal.

    The best way to solve a lot of domestic problems is to fire every single republican that supported fucking America over for his/her rich white cronies wanting more money and deseperate to get their dead asses into heaven. Kick all their asses to the curb. The trash must go out. Trash is stamped on Lieberman’s forehead too.

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