On Tuesday, the Senate basically rolled over for the Bush Administration's lust to spy on American citizens. (At least Senator Levin stood up for us!)
The House version would place more restrictions on the administration’s surveillance authority.
You'd think that this is worth a little discussion...
Mr. Rogers disagrees.
He was quoted in the lead paragraph of a National Association of Manufacturers liveblog :
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) rejects the arguments that the House needs more time, saying that if the House has time to investigate Roger Clemons, name post offices, and pass commemorations, then it has time to act to protect the United States.
Please keep in mind that NAM is led by none other than John Engler, which should give you a bit of perspective...
It's ironic that Mr. Rogers thinks the House is wasting time on issues like steroid use and commemorations. He is, after all, the guy who has brought us such gems as H.Res. 488 (Commemorating the 2006 Detroit Tigers), H. Res. 325 (Honoring the MSU hockey team), the City of Lansing for being a High Growth Community, Dick DeVos and Alticor, and H.Res. 1749 (to end insurance discrimination against motorcyclists).
See? Mr. Roger is REALLY busy protecting the United States from foreign bad guys! He's so busy doing this, in fact, that he doesn't have time keep appointments with constitutents who visit him in Washington.
He certainly doesn't have time to waste on debating fundamental constitutional issues like warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.