Murtha Threatens Fellow Congressman On House Floor!… VIDEO!
REP. JOHN MURTHA THREATENED A FELLOW REPRESENTATIVE OVER EARMARKS…
And, Rep. Murtha did it on the HOUSE FLOOR!…
It was even caught on tape!
So much for draining the swamp!
Now, Congressman Rogers has accused Rep. John Murtha of rules violations:
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) threatened to deny any further spending projects to a Republican who challenged him over an earmark, his antagonist has charged — a potential violation of House rules. […] According to the draft resolution, Murtha shouted at Rogers on the House floor Thursday for offering a motion last week to expose $23 million Murtha requested in an intelligence bill. Murtha had requested the money to prevent the administration from shuttering the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pa.. in Murtha’s district.
“I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone, and you will not get any earmarks now and forever,” Murtha told Rogers on the House floor, according to the draft transcript given Politico. “This is not the way we do things here — and is that supposed to make me afraid of you?” Rogers replied.
“That’s the way I do it,” Murtha said.
He actually did it twice!
YouTube has video of his confrontation with Kansas Republican Todd Tiahrt back on May 8th!
Here is the transcript from FOX News on May 8, 2007, describing the tirade on the House Floor by Murtha:
MAJOR GARRETT: The global warming spat illustrates a larger issue, partisan clashes over intelligence spending. The GOP also tried to kill the long troubled National Drug Intelligence Center, a 40 million dollar, 400 employees clearing house for drug information based in the district of Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha. That move got Kansas Republican Todd Tiahrt in hot water with Murtha.
Last week on the House floor, Murtha, seen here approaching from the right, confronted Tiahrt and, according to witnesses, berated him for voting to close a program in Murtha’s district. Those familiar with the conversation said Murtha, who oversees military spending, threatened to cut off funds for defense projects in Teahart’s district.
GARRETT: Publicly, Teahart calls it all a big misunderstanding, but those close to the situation say Teahart was repentant and shaken after Murtha’s outburst. And since Teahart is the only Republican on both the Intelligence Committee and Murtha’s defense spending subcommittee, if he’s so inclined, he’ll have ample opportunity, Brit, to make amends.
This is how things are done in the New House!…
“The most ethical House ever.”
UPDATE: It sounds like from the email I received (and the Politico artcle) that Murtha actually went off like this twice recently. FOX News above aired the video of Murtha going off on Rep. Tiahrt. The confrontation with Rogers was not filmed that I know of.
Hat Tip Cornhusker
UPDATE 2: House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) strongly backed Rep. Mike Rogers’ (R-MI) announcement of his intent to file resolution in response to the threats by Murtha (D-PA).
Hat Tip Cornhusker