Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, the President's chief of staff said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. It's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.''
In other words, the administration and this Congress are exploiting our financial crisis, inserting many of their political-agenda items into the massive spending bills without due deliberation: items like repeal of welfare reform; like the comparative effectiveness board that will lead to rationed health care; like electricity rate decoupling, which increases electricity prices as people use less energy; like easing Cuba travel restrictions; like mandating Davis-Bacon for all contract projects in the country; like killing school choice for poor kids in Washington; and parts of government-run health care and the cap-and-trade energy taxes and more and more.
Without one Member of the House reading these 1,100-page-plus bills, Mr. Speaker, this is legislative malpractice.