Campaign 2010

Dec 04, 2007

Van Hollen Calls on President and House Republicans to End Obstruction of Key Priorities

DCCC Press

Dec 4, 2007

Van Hollen Calls on President and House Republicans to End Obstruction of Key Priorities

Following President Bush’s 19th event attacking Congress, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement:

“The American people sent a clear message last year that they wanted a change in Washington. Instead, President Bush and the road block Republicans in Congress have delivered more of the same. In the time President Bush spent attacking Congress, he could have worked with us on important issues like health insurance for 10 million children and lowering gas prices for hardworking Americans. Obviously, House Republicans have chosen loyalty to President Bush’s obstructionist agenda over working with Democrats to move America forward. It’s clear Republicans are more comfortable being part of the problem than part of the solution.”

Background:

What a difference a year makes:

“The White House said there were no immediate plans to invite Congressional leaders in to talk to the president, and Mr. Reid said he had not spoken to Mr. Bush’s chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, since before Thanksgiving. Mr. Bolten, a former budget director who has respect on Capitol Hill, has helped resolve previous White House budget battles with Congress.” [New York Times, 12/04/07]

“I reassured the House and Senate leaders that I intend to work with the new Congress in a bipartisan way to address issues confronting this country. I invited them to come to the White House in the coming days to discuss the important work remaining this year and to begin conversations about the agenda for next year.” [whitehouse.gov, 11/08/06]


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