John Murtha Threatens Mike Rogers: GOP Seeks Reprimand
By Michael Amsterdam
May 18, 2007

John Murtha apparently loves to try and strong arm people. Earlier when Nancy Pelosi was requesting a luxurious jet for her trips back to San Francisco Murtha, a liberal Democrat from Pennsylvania told Pentagon officials about the need to provide Pelosi with a bigger plane that can fly passengers coast to coast in comfort. At the time he said, "I don't need to pressure them. I just tell them what they need to do.” Murtha said.

John Murtha Threatens Mike Rogers: GOP Seeks Reprimand

Now he's trying the same tactic with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) according to republicans. Rogers (R-Mich.) has accused Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) of threatening him on the House floor and plans to force the full House to vote next week on whether to reprimand him.

Politoco.Com reports that Murtha shouted at and chastised Rogers on the House floor Thursday for offering a motion last week to challenge $23 million Murtha requested in an intelligence bill. Murtha had requested the money to prevent the administration from shuttering the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pa., which is part of Murtha’s district.

“I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone, and you will not get any earmarks now and forever,” Murtha told Rogers, according to the draft transcript given to The Politico.

“This is not the way we do things here – and is that supposed to make me afraid of you?” Rogers replied. “That’s the way I do it,” Murtha said.


The Hill reports that Rogers argues that the threat is a violation of House rules, which preclude members from conditioning earmarks on a members’ vote. House Rule XXIII, Clause 16 states that members “may not condition the inclusion of language to provide funding for a congressional earmark, a limited tax benefit, or a limited tariff benefit in any [legislation].”

Rogers’ resolution to reprimand Murtha does not seek an ethics committee investigation into the matter. It appears that Murtha has backed down, at least in a statement he released. "The committee and staff give every Democrat and Republican the same consideration. We have extensive hearings and every request is carefully consideration. We will continue to do just that."