Monday, May 02, 2005

 

How can anyone take these morons seriously?

Other than, say, Rush or Hannity or a similarly opposable thumb-deprived hyperpartisan Bush catamite?
Who Left The Kids In Charge?

Today, the House passed The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), a bill making it illegal to transport a minor across state lines to circumvent laws in the state in which the minor lives that require parental notification before an abortion. The Democrats offered several amendments to this bill; one, for instance, exempts cab drivers and bus drivers from prosecution. But the Republicans, in issuing the committee report, took it upon themselves to rewrite the amendments' descriptions in the official committee report to make it read as though they concerned sexual predators, even though neither the bill nor the amendment has anything to do with sexual predators. The revisions are as follows:
"DEMS: a Nadler amendment allows an adult who could be prosecuted under the bill to go to a Federal district court and seek a waiver to the state’s parental notice laws if this remedy is not available in the state court. (no 11-16)
GOP REWRITE:. Mr. Nadler offered an amendment that would have created an additional layer of Federal court review that could be used by sexual predators to escape conviction under the bill. By a roll call vote of 11 yeas to 16 nays, the amendment was defeated.

DEMS: a Nadler amendment to exempt a grandparent or adult sibling from the criminal and civil provisions in the bill (no 12-19)
GOP REWRITE: . Mr. Nadler offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution under the bill if they were grandparents or adult siblings of a minor. By a roll call vote of 12 yeas to 19 nays, the amendment was defeated.

DEMS: a Scott amendment to exempt cab drivers, bus drivers and others in the business transportation profession from the criminal provisions in the bill (no 13-17):
GOP REWRITE. Mr. Scott offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution if they are taxicab drivers, bus drivers, or others in the business of professional transport. By a roll call vote of 13 yeas to 17 nays, the amendment was defeated.

DEMS: a Scott amendment that would have limited criminal liability to the person committing the offense in the first degree (no 12-18)
GOP REWRITE:. Mr. Scott offered an amendment that would have exempted from prosecution under the bill those who aid and abet criminals who could be prosecuted under the bill. By a roll call vote of 12 yeas to 18 nays, the amendment was defeated.

DEMS: a Jackson-Lee amendment to exempt clergy, godparents, aunts, uncles or first cousins from the penalties in the bill (no 13-20)
GOP REWRITE. Ms. Jackson-Lee offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution under the bill if they were clergy, godparents, aunts, uncles, or first cousins of a minor, and would require a study by the Government Accounting Office. By a roll call vote of 13 yeas to 20 nays, the amendment was defeated."
Here is the text of the bill. I can't provide a link to the amendments, because, oddly enough, their descriptions have not been posted (and at this stage in the proceedings, they usually are.) But if you read the bill, it's just about transporting minors across state lines to get an abortion. It has nothing to do with sexual predators at all.

No doubt, you are thinking to yourselves, this was the work of some rogue staffer, the same sort of person who would think it was funny to change the description to say something like: "Rep. Nadler proposed an amendment to declare that he is a poopyhead." Wrong:
"Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who authored the panel's report, defended its language, saying the Democratic amendments would not have specifically excluded child molesters from protections.

"Perhaps these amendments were not properly drafted by the authors when they were submitted in the committee," Sensenbrenner told the House. "That's not the fault of the majority, that's the fault of the people who drafted the amendment." "
To which Rep. Nadler replied:
"Under CIANA, a father who rapes and impregnates his own daughter can go and sue the doctor or the grandparent or the clergyman who transported his child across state lines for the purpose of getting an abortion. Maybe that wasn’t exactly the intent of this legislation. But according to the descriptive guidelines now laid out by the majority, it would therefore be fair to call this entire bill the Rapists and Sexual Predators Right to Sue Act."
And he's right. If any law that provides people some right or benefit without specifically exempting sexual predators can now be redescribed as the Republicans suggest, the possibilities are endless. The Highway bill, for instance, can now be called the "Helping Sexual Predators Reach Their Victims More Quickly Act". A bill appropriating money for cabins at a National Park could be called the "Providing A Secluded Location In Which Sexual Predators Can Molest Their Victims Act". A new telecom regulations bill might be the "Enabling Sexual Predators To Communicate More Easily With Their Victims Act." The next time a supplemental appropriations bill for Iraq comes up, we can call it the "Enabling Sexual Predators To Target Our Men And Women In Uniform Act". (I mean, what are the odds that our armed forces, noble though they are, do not include at least one sexual predator?) The possibilities are endless.

Or at least they're endless if you happen to be interested in entering infantile distortions of House members' bills and amendments into the Congressional Record for political purposes. To a responsible adult, there's only one option: entering an accurate description of each bill and amendment into the record, and debating them on the merits. Apparently, though, Sensenbrenner is not interested in behaving like an adult, or in exercising his responsibilities as Chair of the Judiciary Committee in a minimally responsible way. His conduct is indefensible.

(h/t Opus)
(Note: Some of the links may not work - they seem to have expired - and I don't have time to try to correct them. Sorry.)

Why don't the Republicans simply decree that the Democratic Party is hereby renamed the Washington Generals? That's how they see us, that's the role the really seem to think we are supposed to play. And they get real pissy when we seem to think otherwise.

Oh, and while they're at it, decree that the entire free press is henceforth to be known as the Office of Obedient Information of the Republican National Committee.
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