The PJ Tatler

Sheila Jackson Lee Has a Remedy for the Government Shutdown: Martial Law

Our Texas national treasure, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, stepped up the House mic on October 7 and revealed that the United States is under martial law. The congresswoman who was judged the worst boss in all of Washington said “It is not the truth to suggest that there are not enough voters, members of Congress, that would vote right now today to open this government. It’s something called a continuing resolution, but it’s a bill that you put on the floor that has been passed already by Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate. This is not an idea of anyone over another person. Republican and Democratic Senators have already voted for this clean bill that we can vote on today. We have martial law. What that means and my colleagues know what it means. It’s that you can put a bill on in just minutes.”

Update: Doug Mataconis’ big take-down of this post, admits that Lee wants a shutdown bill moved through the House without any deliberation. That’s what she means by “martial law.”

Fine, though it’s hardly ever a given that Lee knows what she is talking about.

But let’s take Mataconis’ take to be correct — Lee wants to move a bill through without any deliberation. This is a good thing? This is something a libertarian who spends a massive amount of his time slamming those of us on his right should cheer? Wouldn’t moving a bill in such a way violate Obama’s promise for transparency?