Voteless, now voiceless

Shameful witness stacking continues in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, as Ben Pershing reports. Buttinsky Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) refused an opportunity for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to testify on legislation that directly affects her constituents in the District of Columbia, contrary to traditional House practice. Franks represents an extrusion-shaped district in the Phoenix suburbs.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) remarked sarcastically that if Franks feels strongly about how the city is run, “I would invite him to become a candidate for D.C. Council.”