Congressman Trent Franks Calls Resolution to CondemnJoe Wilsona Shameful Spectacle
September 15, 2009– Following today's vote by theHouse of Representativeson a resolution to officially condemnSouth Carolina Congressman Joe Wilsonfor shouting "You lie!" during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) released the following statement:
"Put simply, today's vote shows clearly that Democrats simply do not realize how serious Congress' job really is, nor do they fully grasp the extent of the problems our nation is currently experiencing. We are facing a prolongedeconomic recession, an astonishing unemployment level of nearly 10%, wars in bothIraqandAfghanistan, and multiple rogue nations rapidly pursuingnuclear weapons, and our Congress is wasting their time attempting to score political points with legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the problems that average Americans face every single day.
"This month, several hundred thousand more Americans will be told that they no longer have a job. And when they askMembers of Congresswhat we're working on to ease the burden, we will have to tell them, 'We have been voting on legislation disapproving of what Joe Wilson said.' Today was a shameful spectacle.
"Furthermore, I find it strange that, despite Congressman Wilson's apology and President Obama's acceptance (on multiple occasions) of that apology, this issue is still deemed serious enough that we should be spending taxpayers' dollars to talk about it and vote on it. I would suggest that Democrats need not look beyond their own party to find Representatives who really do need to be reprimanded; Congressman Charlie Rangel's many largely ignored, outrageous ethics violations;Speaker Pelosi's accusations of the CIA of lying,Congressman MurthaandCongressman Visclosky's inappropriate use of government funds and ties to a lobbying firm that has been raided twice by theFBI, andCongressman Conyers' use of Congressional resources for campaign purposes, all come immediately to mind.
"These are just a few of the examples I could cite. And within the last week, it has been demonstrated that ACORN, a favorite pet-project of many Democrats, is yet again flouting the law, as evidenced by recent videos in which employees at multiple ACORN offices participate in the promotion and cover-up of prostitution. Naturally, this was not deemed a serious enough violation to warrant a vote in the House of Representatives. But heaven forbid aMember of Congressdare to question the claims being made President Obama-- which in this case, were in fact false.
"Today's vote has been a waste of time, money, and effort, intended to distract for the substantive debate about health care,and those Members of Congress who have promoted this resolution should be ashamed of the partisan circus they have created."