Republicans Protect Their Own

From Holden:

As the House Ethics Committee is protecting Tom DeLay, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is protecting Dick Cheney and his Energy Task Force:

Republicans on a House committee squelched a Democratic attempt on Wednesday to seek information on Vice President Cheney’s energy task force, in a rowdy session punctuated by cries of “Shame!” from Democrats.

On a party line vote of 30-22, the panel voted down the Democratic motion for the committee to ask the White House for the names of members and other information about the 2001 task force that formulated energy policy.

Republicans, including chairman Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, noted Democrats had failed to get the information in various court cases, and charged they were now trying to embarrass the Bush administration ahead of elections with a motion they knew had no hope of approval by a Republican-majority committee.


“Shame on you, Mr. Chairman,” shouted Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat. Committee Republicans booed her, and some in the audience applauded, while Barton observed in his Texas drawl: “The lady is entitled to her opinion.”

Another Democrat, Rep. Henry Waxman of California, walked out of the room in disgust, announcing that lawmakers were acting like teenagers.

The unsuccessful “resolution of inquiry” was the latest effort by Democrats to pry loose information about the energy task force Cheney headed three years ago, which endorsed more oil and gas drilling and a revived nuclear energy program.

Morris Meyer is running against House Energy and Commerce Committee chair “Toxic” Joe Barton in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Help him defeat Toxic Joe!