Two items from today’s CYA Congress:
There was political theater, drama, but no surprise ending on Thursday on a topic involving spies, torture and truth in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives.
Republicans again ripped into Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing the CIA of misleading Congress — and her fellow Democrats quickly blocked their bid for a bipartisan probe into her truthfulness. The vote was 252-172.
“The Republicans … have been focused on the politics of personal destruction,” House Democratic leader House Steny Hoyer said afterward.
Hoyer also accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners as well as Democratic efforts this year to revamp healthcare and move the nation toward energy independence.
Democrats rushed to Pelosi’s defense earlier this week, saying they believe her statement that the CIA did not inform her at a September 2002 briefing that it had used waterboarding, simulated drowning widely denounced as torture, during interrogations of suspected enemy combatants.
2) Just now, the House voted down by voice vote a motion by GOP Rep. John Campbell that would have banned any additional funding for the Murtha Airport to No One — on which the federal government has already squandered $150 million.
Watching the recorded vote right now…there are actually five Democrats who have voted yes. Will update with total…5:45pm Eastern…at least 11 Democrats voted for the Murtha airport funding ban…