A routine congressional meeting ended in rancor and partisan bickering today when Republicans apparently tried to bring up a bid to open the coast to offshore oil drilling.
According to Republicans, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee "chose to dissolve" a mark up of a spending bill "while in progress - rather than be forced to vote on an amendment to unlock American energy resources for the benefit of the American people."
But that's not the way Kirstin Brost, a spokeswoman for Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wisc., the chairman of the appropriations committee, saw it. She issued a press release calling the move the "latest Republican stunt.
"It should come as no surprise to anybody that Dave Obey has no patience for B.S.," Brost wrote. She noted that Obey said the Interior Appropriations bill -- to which GOP'ers would like to attach the drilling language -- is scheduled to go before the committee July 9, "giving folks a real debate and real votes on issues in that bill.
"Today's plan by Republicans to tie the committee in knots with a series of unrelated amendments was just another political stunt, the kind the American people have come to despise," she said. "It is B.S. and Obey won't put up with it."