Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jackie Speier Enters Congress with a Bang

by expatbrian

From Veterans for Common Sense
Newly elected Democratic Representative Jackie Speier of Hillsborough was sworn into Congress Thursday morning and promptly gave a fiery speech criticizing the Iraq policies of President Bush and likely GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, leading some Republicans to boo and walk out of the House chamber.
You may remember Jackie as the aid to Rep. Leo Ryan who was murdered at the Guyana airport in 1978 by followers of Jim Jones where he went to investigate Jonestown. She was shot 5 times in the same incident.
"The process to bring the troops home must begin immediately," Speier told a packed House presided over by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. "The president wants to stay the course and a man who wants to replace him suggests we could be in Iraq for 100 years. But Madam Speaker, history will not judge us kindly if we sacrifice four generations of Americans because of the folly of one."
Jackie is from my neck of the woods and follows several other California women, all her friends, to Washington. They include Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Anna Eshoo and Diane Feinstein. Keep an eye on her. I think she's there to kick some GOP ass. Read the whole article here.

cross posted at World Gone Mad


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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"I think she's there to kick some GOP ass"

And a noble mission it is

9:22:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I did not remember the Guyana connection, but wow. I hear she was so good the GOP idiots booed her.

5:17:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

She sounds like someone the voters need to keep around. From the article, I particularly liked this:

As her first bill, Speier may propose a measure that would restore the ban on direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies. Picking a fight with the pharmaceutical lobby would be a bold step for a freshman member, but she said it's absurd that drug companies have spent more to advertise drugs like Vioxx than PepsiCo spends to market Pepsi. "It's money that could be better spent on research and development" of new drugs, Speier said.

Bravo Rep. Speier! It is absurd for them to be wasting their money on ads when people are still dying from cancer and other incurable diseases. Go get 'em!

5:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Libby, the vid is up at youtube of her taking the oath and making the speech. The booing from the Rep. side of the aisle when she got to the war comments is clearly heard. At least one walked out in protest.

10:51:00 PM  

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