Hastert Too Busy To Commemorate September 11 Until September 13

HastertYesterday was the five-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, but House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had other priorities. According to a report in CongressDaily, he wasn’t able to schedule a vote “on a resolution to commemorate the day” until September 13.

Meanwhile, the House will have time today to consider:

— A bill to revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Jekyll Island Unit

— The Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge Preservation Act

— A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 40 South Walnut Street in Chillicothe, Ohio, as the “Larry Cox Post Office.”

Moreover, Hastert has packed the 9/11 resolution with partisan rhetoric:

[The resolution includes] language stating that “the nation is safer than it was back in Sept. 11, 2001,” along with five paragraphs of language referencing a host of measures approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush since the attacks, including the controversial USA PATRIOT Act…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has twice written Hastert requesting the resolution not be politicized; she recommended using a resolution modeled after last year’s version, which did not include references to specific bills. But a Hastert spokesman said yesterday “the GOP leadership was not negotiating and that the measure would remain as written.”

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