Staten Island Tea Party Patriots
Republicans, Democrats & Indies Unite To Protest “Super Congress”
The Super Congress Legislation Creates a Wider Divide Between The American People and their Democratic Voice.
Staten Island NY, August 3, 2011: Staten Islanders from all political leanings are gathering in front of Congressman Michael Grimm’s office at 265 New Dorp Lane from 5pm to 7pm on Wed Aug. 3rd. Several tea party as well as other groups will be represented to let the Congressman know that his vote for the “super congress” is unacceptable.
The “super congress” is composed of members of both chambers and both parties and is granted extraordinary new powers. Under the plan introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that was signed into law by President Obama yesterday, legislation to lift the debt ceiling has been accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers – six from each chamber and six from each party.
Legislation approved by the Super Congress will then be fast-tracked through both chambers. It will be immune from amendment and lawmakers would only be able to register an up or down vote, eliminating the ability to filibuster.
With the weight of both leaderships behind it, anything originated by the super congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little congress and quickly becoming law. A super congress would be less accountable, and would make it easier to strip the public of its democratic voice. Super congress legislation establishes a new level of unaccountable government, and has stripped elected representatives of the right to amend legislation or filibuster, which are powers given to Congress by the Constitution. The power of super congress will not be limited to the debt situation.
The Congress has shifted power from themselves into the hands of a “committee of thirteen” which will now originate revenue bills; the President is the deciding 13th member. This comes as no surprise; two weeks ago, Mitch McConnell suggested the House turn over the “power of the purse” to Obama under the guise of shifting political blame for the economy onto the White House.
Super Congress had the full bi-partisan support of the leadership of both houses. The legislation was introduced by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, and supported by Speaker John Boehner. Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island & Brooklyn voted yes to this unprecedented transfer of power.
Presidential Candidate Ron Paul said the super congress will “ disenfranchise the majority of Congress by denying them the chance for meaningful participation in the crucial areas of entitlement and tax reform. It cedes power to draft legislation to a special commission, hand-picked by the House and Senate leadership. This provision is an excellent way to keep spending decisions out of the reach of members who are not on board with the leadership’s agenda.”
“Why is it that every time the two parties compromise, “we the people” lose more of our liberty?” said Danny Panzella, the tea party activist who organized the rally.
He went on to say “no matter how you feel about the debt ceiling and whether it should be raised, all Americans should agree that the idea of a “super congress” is not only unconstitutional, but un-American. The idea that a tiny elite rule the majority is the anti-thesis of Republican Democracy.”
“This is not a left vs. right issue. This legislation affects all Americans and our rights regardless of our party affiliation or political leanings. They have taken away power from our elected representatives, and by ultimately from we the people.” said Tina Sabella Downer.
This super congress will not even have room for opposing viewpoints other than the establishment Republicans vs. the Democrats. In an even more disturbing twist, The Weekly Standard reported that “Three Republican Senate sources tell TWS that senators who vote against the deal will be ineligible to serve on the so-called “supercommittee” for deficit reduction that the legislation creates.” (http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/fiscal-conservatives-barred-supercommittee_581921.html )
The groups are coming together to demand that Rep. Grimm introduce legislation repealing AT LEAST the super congress portion of the debt bill. “The debt ceiling vote was largely symbolic as the U.S has been monetizing our debt for some time which in effect is default. Will our Representative have the courage to stand against the leadership of both houses? With his constituents demanding that he do it, and committing to keep him in office as long as he obeys, the people will have their way. This is why we all need to be actively engaged in keeping our representatives
accountable.” said Mr. Panzella.