The House Appropriations Committee has refused any spending by the Obama administration to try terrorists in civilian courts, effectively keeping Gitmo open. Oh my! And Congressman Jim Moran used the “F-word.”
Some House Democrats viewed the move as an act of defiance and a direct demonstration of just how furious the caucus is with Obama’s decision to work with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) sits on the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee, and said he was not aware of the move, but Moran is angry, he is very angry:
“This is a lack of leadership on the part of Obama,” fumed Moran (D-Va.) “I don’t know where the f*** Obama is on this or anything else. They’re AWOL.”
Complete chaos in the House Chamber with Pelosi and Hoyer rushing “around the floor doing damage control.”
Republicans, who have long opposed closing Guantánamo Bay, were stunned by what appeared to be a 180-degree turn by House Democratic leaders on the issue.
Moran is known for outlandish statements. Here’s a sample from June, 2010 on Chris Matthew’s Hardball:
The economy has recovered from the recession, Rep. Jim Moran said last night.
In the last six month, more jobs were created than Bush was able to generate in eight years,” Moran said on MSNBC’s Hardball. People don’t understand that. The economy has recovered.
Moran also said the last half a year “may be the most successful last six months in American presidential history,…”
No Republican voted for the governmentwide spending and food safety bill (yes, really), which contains the civilian trial ban. A total of 35 Democrats defected from the leadership and voted against the bill. Under the rules for debate, no motion to amend the legislation was permitted.
The Senate has not yet passed the House version or their own, but apparently Eric Holder is trying to negotiate an avenue to strip the banning of civilian terrorist trials out of the final version.
Can’t wait to see what the Senate does, but I’m doubtful almost certain they will not let this stand.