Pelosi’s ‘hours’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Here’s a ques­tion: When House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi talks about what Democrats plan to ac­com­plish in the first 100 hours when Congress con­venes in Jan­uary, does she mean 100 con­sec­u­tive hours, as in,say,fro­maMon­day­at10a.m.un­til Fri­day at 2 p.m., or does she mean some­thing else?” By­ron York writes atNa­tion­alRe­viewOn­line(www.na­tion­al­re­view.com).

“The an­swer is some­thing else. Pelosi plans to en­act the Democrats’ ‘Six for ‘06’ agenda in 100 leg­isla­tive hours — not real hours. And a leg­isla­tive hour is not just any hour that the House is open for busi­ness. ‘It’s when the House con­venes, af­ter the one-min­utes and be­fore the spe­cial or­ders,’saysPelo­sis­pokesman­Bren­danDaly,re­fer­ring­to­thetime­sof­day when mem­bers of Congress will some­times drone on about any is­sue that­comesto­mind.At­that­pace,Daly says, the first 100 hours ‘could take a cou­ple of weeks.’

“Or­may­be­longer.‘We­don’tre­ally have a term leg­isla­tive hours,’ says a top Repub­li­can House aide. De­pend­ing how that is de­fined, ‘it could last for sev­eral weeks.’ ”

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