Heath Shuler Shows Why He Doesn't Belong in Congress
John Armor for Congress Press Release | March 28, 2008 | Armor for Congress
A Discharge Petition means that 218 Members of the House sign a document requiring a bill to come to the floor, regardless of the actions of any Committee, and regardless of the position of House leadership, especially the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The article does note that Speaker Pelosi does not want this bill voted on. However, it does not note that Speaker Pelosi, a liberal, San Francisco Democrat, only became Speaker with the votes of Heath Shuler and about 20 other freshman Democrats who advertised themselves as conservative" when they ran for office in 2006.
Those reluctant House Democrats who co-sponsored the bill but haven't signed the Discharge Petition have no reason to listen to any requests from Senator John McCain a Republican. They have every incentive to listen to demands from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
In short, the facts of this matter lead to the conclusion that it was Heath Shuler, and no one else, who blocked Shuler's bill from the floor. He did so with the first vote he ever cast in Congress, to choose Pelosi as Speaker.
John Armor, constitutional lawyer from Macon County, and a candidate for Congress in the 11th District, said, "All the facts would have allowed readers to conclude that Shuler never expected his SAVE Act to get a vote in Congress. He knew it would fail. He just wanted to pretend, one more time, that he was a 'conservative' with 'mountain values.'" Mr. Armor pointed out that Shuler admitted at the Christmas party for the Macon County Sheriff that because of Speaker Pelosi, "my bill will never get out of committee."