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House GOP bashes Dems

From NBC's Wendy Jones
Four members of the House GOP Conference, engaged in a little Democrat-bashing this morning, criticizing President Obama's antiterrorism strategy and "Speaker Pelosi's" health care plan.

Minority Leader John Boehner (OH) criticized the Obama administration for not detailing an over-arching strategy to "fight terrorists and keep America safe." Said Boehner, "I spent last week travelling...and if there's one thing I heard out there it's that the Democrats in Washington are totally out of step" with America. He went on to criticize the Administration for its plan to bring Kahlid Sheik Mohammed to New York: "To come to the US is one issue...to be given the rights of US citizens is just awful."

He urged collegues to bring Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)'s "Keep Terrorists out of America" legislation to the floor. The bill urges Congress to oppose transferring or releasing prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the United States.

Holding up today's issue of the Hill, Eric Cantor (VA) said that "it's about time" that the Democrats focus on jobs.

Michigan's Dave Camp said that he'd commissioned a study by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (part of HHS) to analyze the Speaker's health care plan: "[the bill] does not control health care costs...it does not bend the cost curve....it does just the opposite...health care costs go up by 300 billion." He urged the Senate to study the report: "It would have made a difference if we had that information before we voted."

Ginny Brown-Waite (FL) agreed, saying that "Had we had the CMS analysis before we voted, I am confident that the bill would have been defeated...there will be waiting lists to see a doctor who will take Medicare."

But even in her district, with its large number of Medicare recipients, the big concern was jobs.