Animal House

Congressman John Larson (CT-01) has the GOP pegged. Via email:

The political theater enacted by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle today was akin to Otter and Boone leading the Deltas out of the student body at Faber College. If this issue wasn’t so important to the nation, we would have to consider holding the Republicans in double secret probation.

In article 1, the Constitution lays out the authority of the Congress. For too long, that authority has been ceded to an executive branch that consistently overreaches and ignores our system of checks and balances.

When Republicans left the floor of the House of Representatives, they again abdicated their responsibility as members of this body to oversee the actions of the executive branch. It is both irresponsible and unconstitutional. The Executive Branch must answer questions about the firing of U.S. Attorneys. No one in this country is exempt from a legal subpoena and Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten are not above the law.

The Republican’s stunt on the House floor today is just another example of their rubber stamp of this administration’s disregard for the Constitution and our civil rights in the pursuit of its own political purposes. Let’s remember that the need for new FISA legislation – the legislation that Republicans claimed they were leaving the floor in protest over- became apparent only when the administration’s secret and illegal use of unwarranted eavesdropping was revealed. This is yet another example of the Bush Administration’s dismissal of the Congress as a co-equal branch of government.

Today, Democrats in the House stood up to the Administration, reasserted the power of Congress and held executive branch officials accountable for their actions. Under the leadership of our Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, we have fought to reclaim the power that the Executive Branch tried to steal and House Republicans tried to give away. I am very proud of the actions of the Democratic Caucus today.” [Emphasis added]

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