Campaign trail runs through House at night — GOP uses memorials to blister Obamaby John Kennedy | February 29th, 2012
The House worked late into the night Wednesday — mostly on non-binding memorials to Congress apparently designed to burnish the election campaigns of ruling Republican lawmakers.
Measures urging Congress to approve congressional term limits, balance the federal budget, cap federal spending, repeal the Dodd-Frank regulations on financial institutions, repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley standards on investment companies, and eliminate the federal health care overhaul made their way through the House.
The push inspired partisan speeches by Republican lawmakers and angry push-back from outnumbered Democrats.
“Only in Washington is it OK to spend money we do not have,” said House Rules Chairman Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, a candidate for Congress. “That is unconscionable and it must stop.”
Rep. Jimmy Smith, R-Inverness, likened the Florida House telling Congress to get its spending together to a youngster urging parents to rein-in their family credit card spending.
“Every common person in Florida wants it,” Smith said.
Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, ridiculed Republicans for trying to win political points by attacking the Obama administration’s policies even as “our economy is coming back.”
But Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, dismissed the speeches by Thurston and other Democrats as a “waste of all of our time.”