House leaders issued a statement saying that “serious, substantive” questions were being raised regarding Syria and they are so glad that the President is asking them to vote because this is so important, constitution, blah blah – oh, and they are going to take the measure up on September 9th, which is another way of saying they are not coming back early from vacaction for this “serious, substantive” matter.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today issued the following joint statement.
“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”
Can you imagine if Democrats had told Bush they’d get back to him on Iraq when they were done with vacation?
This was to be expected by this House, after all, they are only planning on working 9 days in September.
And it’s not as if there’s anything major to deal with, like that debt ceiling threat they’ve been lording over us or anything. It’s not as if they should plan more days instead of less, based on their inability to even decide what the Republican position will be on any given issue. Nope, they’re just going to add Syria to the list and hope for the best.
Frankly, since they have already set historical records with their laziness and failure to pass legislation — only passing 4 out of 12 appropriations bills before they took off on yet another vacation, and when they are there they do nothing but try to harm America, we should be grateful that they are on “vacation” again.
I can hardly wait to see how they handle this “serious” matter. If it’s with the same gravitas as they approach our economy, we’re in deep Cheney doo-doo.
Bets on how long it will take them to try to use Syria as leverage for defunding ObamaCare?
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