Straight Up with Sherri

Thursday, March 17, 2005

A Cop-out May Be More Expeditious

HR 1151 miraculously morphs into HR 1332 and sneaks out of the U.S. House of Representatives under the cover of darkness.

Not meaning to confuse you with numbers, I’m going to confuse you with numbers.
  1. I told you yesterday that HR 1151 (Protection of Incapacitated Persons Act of 2005) was scheduled for a hearing at 2:00 before the House Judiciary Committee.
  2. That Committee got so busy overrunning their hearing on S256 (Senate-passed bankruptcy reform legislation), that they just passed the HR 1151 on down to be scheduled for a hearing by their own Subcommittee on the Constitution.
  3. Oh, what the Hell, we can’t wait! So, Committee Chairman Sensenbrenner and Rep. Dave Weldon (primary sponsor of HR 1151), just quickly wrote a Xerox copy of the bill (HR 1332), submitted it to the full floor of the House of Representatives, suspended hearing rules (see # 5 below), and passed it on a Voice Vote (nobody’s taking names here folks). Thomas Search describes it this way: “3/16/2005 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.”
  4. Scheduling HR 1332 for a hearing in the Judiciary Committee is kind of moot now, isn’t it?
  5. Senate Bill S539 (Same exact title as HR 1151/ HR 1332), cosponsored by Messrs. MARTINEZ, COBURN, INHOFE, SANTORUM, and BROWNBACK was surreptitiously read twice and placed on the Senate Calendar (March 8). Knowing there would be a joint consideration in the very near future, no Committee assignment was made. We’re waiting, we’re waiting!
Okay, now what happens? Coffee, cigars, and back-room deals! Have your people call my people, we’ll do lunch!

The strangest thing about this tale is that we’ve seen it all before. The difference is that this time, it is being done for something good. That’s my opinion, of course. But then I am the one writing this overly complex epistle.

What to do? Well, now that it has passed the House, contact your Senator – you have two of them. Plead with them to support the bill S539, without amendment! Then with two “identical” bill passed, they get signed and passed to President George W. Bush for his signature.

The President gets the cameras and the fanfare, uses 6 or more pens and signs the law. Don’t forget to write, call, or email him! Mr. Bush loves to quote numbers of support, even when they are somewhat inaccurate.

The murder crowd will naturally come out moaning. But by that time, they are on the defensive. Any judge, who wishes to overrule an Act of Congress signed by the President into Law, must at least issue a temporary stay for Terri Schiavo (or a higher judge will).

The following links provide news coverage on the House activity:
Tallahassee Democrat (linked by WorldNetDaily)
House Judiciary Committee
U.S. Newswire (Thanks, Dee)

My sincere thanks to Dee for providing necessary research that made this editorial possible. Here is her two cents worth:
Couple of things not covered in the clips:
C-Span covered the House debate; there was debating back and forth for about a half an hour
Jerry Nadler and Sheila Jackson Lee were opposing it!
Sheila Jackson Lee said that down the road it would "interfere with a woman’s right to choose”; they want to wait and have hearings and committee meetings first
The bill was passed by a voice vote.
The Reps had Sensenbrenner presenting the bill, with 3 other reps that are actual medical doctors, each one said that from what they could tell, Terri IS NOT in a persistent vegetative state and they felt that her constitutional rights are not being considered

When the Dems kept objecting because they didn't have enough time for endless hearings and meetings, and when the abortion excuse was over, Sensenbrenner made the comment that, “…had congress acted like they were, when the civil rights of black people were being trampled, things would be a whole lot different in America than it is now.”

The call was made for a voice vote of yeas and nays; the yeas won.

After the vote, Jim McDermott got up and went ballistic about the Reps sneaking in a vote on this bill in the dead of night, at the last minute

I am honored by all the feedback and assistance I have received in covering this story.
Right Wing Nut Job


  • Sherri -- you even got me to call Hillary's office. That was quite a stretch. Its 5:30 pm EST. Has the Senate acted? Is Terri safe through tomorrow? I crave news and don't know how to find any.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 5:32 PM  

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