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MissMarple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 08:44 PM
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Huge heads up. More GOP tantruming...no hearings after 2 PM. So, let Colorado burn.
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Edited on Tue Mar-23-10 08:45 PM by MissMarple
They are trying to shut down the government just to appease the craziest of the wing nuts.

If you click on the link, be sure to check out the comments. They can be scary making. Forest fires in Colorado are very serious. Very. They can be tsunami like, only things keep burning; homes, wildlife, people. This could be too big for the forest service et al to fight. And guess who lives across many of these areas, gun toting, anti government types.

http://coloradopols.com /

Summit County's state lawmakers are in the nation's capital today, testifying in support of legislation that would provide funding to address the mountain bark beetle epidemic.
State Sen. Dan Gibbs and State Rep. Christine Scanlan, both of whom represent Summit County, are lobbying U.S. senators in hopes of drumming up millions of dollars for western forests through the National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act.

"We both think it's a really positive bill for the state of Colorado and other Western states," Gibbs said.

The mountain pine beetle outbreak has affected 2.9 million acres of trees in Colorado. In Colorado and southern Wyoming combined, the total area infested totals 3.6 million acres - an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Gibbs cited estimates that every lodgepole pine tree in the state will be dead within a decade...

Coloradopols goes on to say:

"Well, we just got a press release from Sen. Mark Udall--this hearing never happened, and lots of upcoming hearings may not happen anytime soon from the read of it. Full text follows, says Sen. Udall, "Angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation, Republican leaders are using an arcane rule, which requires the unanimous consent of Senators in both parties to agree to hearings scheduled after 2 p.m., and have objected to the bark beetle hearing and vowed not to cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year." Well, we just got a press release from Sen. Mark Udall--this hearing never happened, and lots of upcoming hearings may not happen anytime soon from the read of it. Full text follows, says Sen. Udall, "Angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation, Republican leaders are using an arcane rule, which requires the unanimous consent of Senators in both parties to agree to hearings scheduled after 2 p.m., and have objected to the bark beetle hearing and vowed not to cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year."

Given Sen. Udall's often to-a-fault preference for bipartisanship and respectful verbiage, we find the title of his update, "Today's hearing canceled due to Republican Obstruction," fairly significant. We're also completely baffled by this new strategy from Republicans; do they really believe that intentionally paralyzing the government will make them more likable?"




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