Rep. Pete Stark stood on the floor of the House during the SCHIP and spoke the truth to power. Now the Rebublicans are feigning outrage over Stark’s comments and demanding an apology. If you haven’t seen Stark’s comments on the floor watch it here:
Here’s Stark’s response to Rep. Boehner and the 153 Republican’s who voted to “uphold President Bush’s veto of Congressional legislation that would have provided health care to 10 million children.”
“I have nothing but respect for our brave men and women in uniform and wish them the very best,” said Stark. “But I respect neither the Commander-in-Chief who keeps them in harms way nor the chickenhawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care.”
“Our uninsured children in America are fighting cancer, cystic fibrosis and other diseases that take their lives,” continued Stark. “Leader Boehner’s vote against overriding the President’s veto dishonors not only these children and their parents, but also the thousands of courageous men and women who President Bush and Republicans in Congress have kept in harms way. These brave men and women are in Iraq to protect our children – as should Republicans in Congress. Leader Boehner and his Republican colleagues should apologize for their votes and join us to provide health care to 10 million children.”
Go vote in the C&L poll on whether Stark should apologize — the vast majority there say no he shouldn’t. I cast my vote that Start shouldn’t apologize. Bush, Boehner and all the Republican’s that voted to uphold Bush’s veto are the ones who should be apologizing. Vote them all out of Congress.