News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Hastert Extorts One-Vote Victories for Far-Right Agenda
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

' These leaders often must cajole or bully GOP moderates, endure Democrats' bitter complaints and wait out nail-biting roll calls. But it is worth it, House leaders say, to fight for legislation that is as conservative and pro-Republican as possible. ...

If the House strategy is good for suspenseful votes and animated arm-twisting, it offers nothing but cold shoulders for the House's 205 Democrats. "For my purposes, they're irrelevant," said Amy Steinmann, Blunt's director of floor operations. '

ashingtonpost.com

House GOP Practices Art Of One-Vote Victories

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 14, 2003; Page A01

The complete article is currently (3/23/04) available on the Washington Post website at-  http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A21410-2003Oct13?language=printer [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]

Excerpt--

The recent House roll call on a bill to provide school vouchers to D.C. parents had lasted more than 30 minutes, but the Republican sponsors were still one vote shy of victory. At the back of the chamber, Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.), Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) and other GOP leaders surrounded Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.), who had opposed the measure the week before.

Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) took to the microphone. "Is anyone from the office of the attending physician present?" he deadpanned. "I understand someone's arm is being broken."

Fletcher finally relented, giving his party's leaders the vote they needed for the contentious bill, even if it meant he later would have to explain why he switched positions. Dramatic as the scene was, it was hardly the first time that House leaders have pushed an important measure they knew would pass by a whisker -- if at all. ...

The goal, insiders say, is to start negotiations with the narrowly divided Senate -- which is considerably more moderate than the House -- with a House position that yields as little ground as possible. That makes it more likely that the eventual compromise language will be more to House leaders' liking [i.e., as conservative and pro-Republican as possible]. ...

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