This just in....
At the beginning of each day the House is in session, lawmakers can go to the well of the chamber to deliver brief remarks. This morning around 9 a.m. Chicago time, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), took on White House press secretary Scott McClellan over remarks made in a briefing about Vice President Cheney's accidential shooting of a hunting companion.
McClellan has been trying to sidestep questions from reporters about Cheney's accidential shooting of a friend by changing the subject.
Emanuel, a veteran of the Clinton White House--and no stranger to being in a White House under siege-- took McClellan's comment that ``we're moving on'' and ran with it.
Emanuel speaks wearing two hats: as a North Side Chicago lawmaker and the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic House political operaration.
Noted: Hometown papers are not mentioned in Emanuel's comments, cited below.
"Mr. Speaker, yesterday White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said,
quote, 'we're moving on to the priorities of the American people. That's
"Well, Scott, here are the headlines my constituents care about...
"Ex-CIA Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted" - New York Times, 2/11/06
"General Says Training of Iraqi Troops Suffered From Poor Planning and
Staffing" - New York Times, 2/11/06
"White House Knew of Levee's Failure"- New York Times, 2/10/06
"Brown Faults White House and Agency for Poor Response" - Washington Post,
"Doctors and Pharmacists Say Medicare Benefit Limits Drugs for Seniors" -
New York Times, 2/14/06
"Government Will Forgo $7 Billion in Oil and Gas Royalties" - New York
"Bush Budget Would Kill Popular Health Projects" -Washington Post, 2/14/06
"Government Was Underpaid $345 Billion" - Washington Post, 2/15/06
"The American Bar Association Says Bush Exceeded His Constitutional Powers
in the Surveillance Program" - AP, 2/14/06
"Washington Lobbyists spent $1.16 billion in the First Half of 2005 Lobbying
the Congress" - Wall Street Journal, 2/14/06
"Photograph Shows Jack Abramoff with President Bush in May 2001"- Time
"Iran Restarts Uranium Program" - Washington Post, 2/15/06
"Scott, if you're listening, the American people are ready and waiting. And
as they say in the news industry, 'Good night and good luck.'"