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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Stimulus and Backroom 'Shady' Deals

Representative Tom Price, a Georgia Congressman from the Sixth District gave a speech right outside Nancy Pelosi's office, in which when Price was questioned about "shady deals" going on, he responded by saying "It’s curious because Republicans were invited to a meeting they said at 3 o’clock this afternoon, What this means is there are more shady deals going on behind closed doors -- without the public, without Republicans in attendance."

Video of him can be found and YouTube and is below.

The Georgia congressman had also called on congressional leaders to televise the House-Senate negotiations. However, as much as the press has helped the Obama administration trumpet a new era of transparency, there has been little call from the television media for these negotiations to be televised publicly.

“As the House and Senate move to negotiate the final text of the so-called stimulus bill, I have called on Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make good on that promise and allow any and all House and Senate negotiations to take place in an open and public forum,” Price wrote in a Feb. 11 blog post for Red State. “By allowing television cameras in the room as negotiations take place, we can provide the transparency American taxpayers expect.”

Price also urged people to visit the Republican Study Committee’s Web site.


It seems Harry Reid angered Pelosi by trying to "roll" her, publicly saying there was a set deal made before she had signed off on it.

According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members, Reid went before the cameras Wednesday to announce a stimulus deal before Pelosi had agreed on all the details of school construction financing.

“It’s ruffled feathers, big time,” said a House Democrat speaking on condition of anonymity. “The speaker went through the roof.”

Added one House Democratic aide: “He tried to roll her and she knew it.”

A few minutes after Reid announced the deal, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) convened a public meeting of the House-Senate conference committee.

It was supposed to be a glorified photo op. But there were no House Democrats in the room – and Inouye hastily announced the meeting would be scrapped pending a Pelosi “briefing” of members on the details.

Apparently Reid did roll Pelosi effectively though because the news is they have reached a deal.

Unfortunately for the American people who will have to pay "about $789.5 billion" for their shady deal.