GOP Rep. Silenced on House Floor: “This is why the people have thrown you out of power.”


America has spoken.

The lame duck session of Congress found its wings, if only for a few minutes yesterday.  Fireworks sparked when the Democrats tried to push a controversial Veteran’s bill on the House floor with few present.  The Dems handling of the bill led to an entertaining exchange between a passionate Republican Congressman from Indiana and a robotic like Democrat Congresswoman from California.  CSPAN picked it up and the video has gone viral the last two days.

The Veteran’s bill that the Left tried to force through the House would likely allow abortions to be provided on military bases.  Of course, that would mean our tax dollars would be helping to provide abortions, which is not a popular idea.  Retiring Republican Congressman Steve Buyer is a ranking member of Congress and wanted to make sure the bill was handled properly.  

Buyer requested five minutes to talk about the bill and acting Speaker Laura Richardson would not allow it.  Every time Buyer made a request to speak, Richardson would get fed what to say by some non-elected staffers.  It was quite a scene that ended with Buyer pacing back and forth where he knew the fixed CSPAN cameras could see him.

RICHARDSON:  For what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition?

BUYER:  I ask unanimous consent to address the House for five minutes. Hearing no objection –

RICHARDSON:  Five-minute special orders are not being recognized at this time.

BUYER:  I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute.  Hearing no objection –

RICHARDSON:  Not being entertained at this time.

BUYER:  Oh, so as a sitting member of the House the Speaker chooses not to recognize another sitting member, is this correct?

RICHARDSON:  Recognition is within the discretion of the Speaker.

BUYER:  So the discretion of the Speaker here is not to recognize a ranking Republican member on a bill that is about to be heard that has never gone through the process of the committee. I ask to be recognized.

RICHARDSON:  The House is proceeding with motions to suspend the rules.

BUYER:  And if the chairman is not here to present the bill, shouldn’t we go to the next bill and would therefore withdraw this bill?

RICHARDSON:  The gentleman has not been recognized.

BUYER:  I ask to be recognized. I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute. I don’t even see anyone here on the floor to object, Madam Speaker, it’s within your discretion.  There is no one here to object. This is why the American people have thrown you out of power.

Buyer spoke on behalf of all Americans with that last line.  America is fed up with politics as usual, and thankfully a retiring Congressman felt the freedom to speak without caring about politics.  The frustrated public servant finally got to speak one minute, and he used it to express even more frustration with how the Dems are handling things.

On Tuesday Buyer did an interview with Sean Hannity and said he felt he could have been more civil, but he was still obviously frustrated with the way Democrats in the House are handling their last grasp of power.  Hannity rightly told Buyer he should not apologize for his passion.  Buyer responded:

Congress has become a dark, mismanaged and disorganized institution, and undemocratic.  We all try to control ourselves. I am pugnacious.  But I also believe we have to be very civil. I was dumbfounded that I would not have been recognized to speak.

With Republicans taking control of the House in 2011 things will change some.  But hopefully we’ll have some Senators with guts like Buyer ready to take on Democratic leadership between now and 2012.  Americans have had enough and are ready to be heard.

Thank you Representative Buyer.

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