Will Boehner Blow It On Committee Chairs?
I was on the call Kerry Picket is reporting. I'm not sure Republicans realize the kind of scrutiny they're going to face what with the Tea Party movement and new media remaining engaged. It would be a shame to see them blow it right out of the gate. Any failure to deliver over the next two years is going to come with a steep price.
“Jerry Lewis of California, who is almost a poster-child with what’s wrong with the appropriations process is seeking a waiver from the Speaker, so he can take over the appropriations committee,” American Conservative Union’s Chairman David Keene said during a Wednesday bloggers’ conference call. “If he does not get that waiver, then the next ranking member is Congressman Hal Rogers, who is known affectionately as ‘Mr. Pork’ on the hill. It’s [ACU’s] view that there should be no waiver and the Speaker should not intervene on behalf of someone who essentially violates the pledge that he and his Republican colleagues made during the campaign to go after earmarks, spending, and the like.”