Democratic Leaders to Boycott Republican Led Katrina Committee

Democratic congressional leaders announced today at a press conference that they intended “to boycott a proposed Republican-led congressional committee to investigate the administration’s readiness and response to the storm.”

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
(Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. John Kerry, and Sen. Harry Reid)

I do not believe that the committee proposed by Speaker Hastert and Senator Frist is in the best interest of the American people,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Both he and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said they would not appoint members to the panel as currently contemplated.

The developments unfolded as the Labor Department reported that an estimated 10,000 workers who lost their jobs because of the storm filed for unemployment benefits last week, the first wave of what likely will be hundreds of thousands of such claims.

“There’s a pattern in this administration of denying information, particularly to requests of Democrats,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. If the committee is going to come from Congress, he said, “it must have a capability for both the majority and minortity to obtain documents and have subpoena power.”

Pelosi called that “the partisan proposal. … House Democrats will not participate in a sham that is just the latest example of congressional Republicans being the foxes guarding the president’s hen house.”

UPDATE: Press release from Nancy Pelosi – Independent Commission, Not Partisan Committee, Is Necessary to Investigate Response to Hurricane Katrina

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8 Responses to Democratic Leaders to Boycott Republican Led Katrina Committee

  1. Dave says:

    Oh my God! Could it be that the “leaders” in our party are finding the courage to stand up to Bushco? C&L has a video of Pelosi just pummeling (not literally) some talking head at CNN. Let’s see if they keep it up once the Cons start fighting back. I sure hope so.

  2. Angela says:

    Finally, I’m starting to feel that the Democratics are finding their voices and fighting. back. Pelosi did one hell of a job today against Kyra…you go girl!

  3. Angela

    I think Nancy is one spunky woman. She needs to show it more ofter, like today. It’s wonderful to see them all standing up against these fools!

  4. Grace says:

    But will it last? Big money still talks and it talks to the Dems as well as the Repugs. I don’t trust any of them.

  5. anon in the uk says:

    We may, with good luck and a bit of grace, be looking at the next President of the United States. Go, Nancy.

  6. kj says:

    anon in the uk, I’d get behind Nancy for Pres. 🙂
    But ONLY after Kerry’s terms are over.

  7. Nick says:

    Nancy for pres?

    No leave her in the House. She’s spunky, she’s a fighter, she’s liberal, and she knows how to stop Democratic defections without alienating more moderate House dems. I want this lady to be Speaker.

  8. Ron Chusid says:

    Nick,

    Speaker is the best position for Pelosi, but if she should become President upon the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, I can live with that