From The Hill:
The House GOP leadership is helping Republican lawmakers who have tough reelection battles by letting them take the lead on more legislation.
Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was quick to congratulate freshman Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) yesterday after the House approved his bill to improve communications between emergency first responders.
It was obviously a hard fought, controversial bill, considering it passed 424-2. No wonder it took Reichert nearly two years to shepherd this important piece of legislation out of committee and to the floor. All that arm twisting takes time.
Anyway, I trust the local press to keep this bill in context.
“The House leadership is very cognizant of the members that need to boast about being effective,” one Republican lobbyist with business before the Financial Services Committee wrote in an e-mail. “Passing their bills is one way to prove that.”
That’s right, the House Republican leadership understands that Reichert needs to boast about being effective. Hmm. I wonder why?