Pelosi Wants a Bigger Plane Than Hastert

Pelosi is now officially the Shreaker of the House…

From The Washington Times:

The Department of Defense yesterday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that puts limits on the size of the plane she may use to travel across the country and restricts the guests she can bring, The Washington Times has learned.
A congressional source who read the letter signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Wilkie said it essentially limits her to the commuter plane used by former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, which requires refueling to travel from Washington to Mrs. Pelosi’s San Francisco district. A second source, in the Bush administration, confirmed the contents of the letter.
The Washington Times first reported last week that Mrs. Pelosi’s staff was pressing the Department of Defense for an Air Force aircraft large enough to fly nonstop to San Francisco. She also has pressed to be able to include other members of the California congressional delegation, her family members and her staff on the plane.
“It’s not a question of size. It’s a question of distance,” Mrs. Pelosi told reporters yesterday. “We want an aircraft that can reach California.”

It is not a question of size? Then how will you fit all those people on the plane? There are actually smaller planes than the one Hastert used that can go coast to coast without refueling. The one she wants will carry 41 PEOPLE!! Let’s not mention it will cost tax payers $300,000.00 round trip!!!

That said what is the problem with refueling in the Midwest? She would also be using military bases to refuel, so where is the big security risk? Poor Nancy Pelosi would have to land and refuel to go home, all on the tax payer’s dime…

Congressman Norwood declines further cancer treatment

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood has decided to forego treatment for lung cancer that has spread to his liver and will be returning to Georgia to receive hospice care, his office said Wednesday.

John Stone, a spokesman for the Augusta Republican, said an air ambulance flight was being arranged and that he expected Norwood to be leaving Washington either Wednesday night or Thursday.

Norwood, 65, suffers from a chronic lung disease, ideopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and received a lung transplant in 2004 at a hospital near the residence he maintains in suburban Washington.

Doctors there found a tumor on the non-transplanted lung and removed it in November, 2006. But late last year they found the cancer had spread to Norwood’s liver, Stone said.

Throughout his long illness and even after his transplant, Norwood continued to travel the halls of Congress, using an electric cart and toting his ever-present oxygen tank. But he has been absent throughout the current session of Congress, spending much of his time back in the hospital. President Bush acknowledged Norwood’s illness when he gave his State of the Union speech last month.

Stone said Norwood considered further treatment, but finally said, “No, you know what, it’s time to go home.”

This is a very sad story, but I heard on the News yesterday that he will not be giving up his seat. I hope this is incorrect, because that would be a disservice to his constituents. He should resign and allow the Governor of his state to appoint his replacement.

This is not a partisan issue for me, Democrat or Republican, if you cannot perform your duties, you have an obligation to step down.