House Scrambles to Make Copenhagen Climate Conference

By Bob L.Trash Can With Lid On Clip Art

Shit can every one those that walk off their job and go to Copenhagen, instead of doing their job in Washington DC, they were Elected to serve America and the Constitution they swore to uphold.

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Fire every one of them, and dock them ONE Month pay for every day they are gone, and make them reimburse the taxpayers for their travel, lodging, and and any meals and drinks they get.

December 16, 2009

The House of Representatives entered a marathon day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with plans to tackle a slew of big-ticket items all at once so they can make it to Copenhagen for the close of the international conference on climate change.

Though the conference is in disarray and the president of the meeting, Connie Hedegaard, just resigned, U.S. lawmakers are still hoping to make it to Denmark to be part of the scene. President Obama heads over Thursday night in hopes of joining other leaders in signing some form of an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But House members’ participation is contingent on their ability to clear away several spending bills, and soon.

At least one congressman, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cancel the flight and give the bills the attention they deserve.

“What is more important — ensuring that members of Congress and the American people have a chance to read these bills or attending a climate change conference?” he said in a statement. “I urge the speaker to cancel her flight so members can stop voting blind.”

After Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill over the weekend, the House on Wednesday plans to take up a $636 billion defense bill. This covers costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also includes extensions of jobless benefits and health insurance aid.

The House is also planning to consider a new $150 billion jobs-creation package — the kind of proposal Obama is now calling for but Republicans are decrying as a wasteful stimulus sequel.

The measure would contain $50 billion for infrastructure spending, and billions more for unemployment benefits and state aid.

“It is a bill that creates jobs, that meets the needs of those who are unemployed, and puts us on a path to prosperity,” Pelosi said.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he’s “confident” it will pass the House and hopes the Senate will take it up shortly.

The Senate, which is waist-deep in the health care reform debate, is not expected to consider the jobs legislation until next year.

Any changes made to any of the bills on the Senate side will have to be reconsidered on the House side.

In addition Wednesday, the House is expected to take up a temporary hike in the $12.1 trillion debt ceiling. Though Hoyer last week pitched an increase of up to $1.9 trillion, Democrats are now focusing on a stopgap increase of $300 billion to get the government through February.

The full plate of bills could put the House in session well past midnight. The House could also consider a two-month extension of the current estate tax.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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