Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne is complaining that House GOP leaders are disrespecting President Obama and playing partisan politics with non-binding measures passed to send a message on a wide variety of topics.
Burgoyne and the three House Democratic leaders asked the Republican majority to print a resolution commending all involved in the rescue of the Maersk-Alabama, including Capt. Richard Phillips and his crew, the Navy SEALs who killed three pirates, and Obama, who authorized the use of lethal force.
GOP leaders declined to print the measure, which included the following: "...we commend Captain Richard Phillips and his crew for their brave conduct, we honor the men and women of the United States Navy and the Navy SEALs involved in the heroic rescue in thwarting this brazen act of piracy, and we commend President Barack Obama's firm and vigorous resolve and leadership in this matter, and further commend his vow to halt the rise of piracy and to prevent future attacks."
The 2009 Legislature has approved a number of non-binding measures including House joint memorials urging Congress to quit threatening gun rights; supporting removal of wolves from the Endangered Species List; opposing the Clean Water Restoration Act; celebrating the Idaho National Laboratory's 60th birthday; and asking Congress for money to fund an Idaho medical school.
Burgoyne singled out House Joint Memorial 4, which affirms states' rights and says Congress has failed in its constitutional duty to ensure a reliable currency. The memorial, which passed 51-17 in the House and on a voice vote in the Senate, says: "Congress has inappropriately delegated its monetary authority to the private federal reserve bank, thus failing to protect and provide a sound monetary system as defined
and mandated by the Constitution of the United States, forcing an unstable currency on us resulting in the past, and the current, economic perils."
"It's ironic that a Republican leadership that feels it's important to denigrate the currency of the United States will not support their Commander in Chief," Burgoyne said.
House Majority Leader Mike Moyle said Republicans, who hold 76 percent of the seats in the Legislature, are simply using their power to send messages as they see fit. "When the day comes that they're in charge, they can run that stuff," Moyle said.