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Déjà vu All Over Again: Homeland Security Secretary Pulls a Pelosi

posted at 9:20 am on June 29, 2011 by

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano takes a page out of the “Pelosi principle”.

In the spirit of Nancy Pelosi’s now famous statement,  “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy”, while discussing the Obama administration’s stand on the DREAM ACT legislation, Janet Napolitano told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) that a congressional hearing was not the right venue to “go into some of the actual details of the legislation“:

“Asked by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) whether the Obama administration would consider amendments to the DREAM Act making individuals ineligible for legal status if they were convicted of certain misdemeanors, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday’s congressional hearing was not the right venue to “go into some of the actual details” of the legislation.”

Sound just a bit familiar?  Who needs details on how the Dream Act would be enforced?  Let’s just pass the darn thing, so we can see what’s in it—-right?  The conversation between Cornyn and Napolitano appeared to get “heated up” as it continued:

“Cornyn asked Napolitano whether the Obama administration would support an amendment to the DREAM Act that would disqualify individuals from gaining legal status if they had been convicted of certain misdemeanors, including driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs, burglary, theft or assault.

Napolitano said the administration would be willing to look at amendments offered.

Cornyn then asked the secretary how she would use her authority to waive provisions in the law — specifically if she would consider waiving requirements for someone who has been convicted of voter fraud.

“Well, again, I think this is not the hearing to go into some of the actual details of the bill in that sense,” Napolitano said.

“Of course it is,” Cornyn said.

“And I would suggest, Sen. Cornyn, if you have amendments, we would be happy to consider them,” Napolitano said. “And this is the time to see that language.”

“Madam Secretary, you’re here under oath speaking on behalf of the administration on a piece of important legislation,” Cornyn said. “You say you support it as written and the administration supports it as written. And I think it’s appropriate to ask you questions about it.”

According to, “Napolitano, however, did not directly answer those questions.”  So there you have it—according the Napolitano and the Obama administration, specifics and details aren’t necessary.  Just yesterday, Allahpundit pointed out that the President “might have distorted” a few details about how he came to his Afghanistan withdrawal decision with respect to General Petraeus’ recommendations.  And just last week it was revealed that the White House was attempting an end run around Congress to implement the DREAM Act by executive fiat.  Nancy Pelosi must be giggling at the “fog and controversy” precedent she set while passing ObamaCare.

If we can’t get proper information from a congressional hearing, who should we turn to?  Or, is every detail coming from this administration now exclusively based on political choices and a “need to know” basis?  THIS IS TRANPARENCY?  Paging Joe Wilson.

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Get back to me when the arrests begin.

Joe Mama on June 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Uncle Janet says, “You show us yours, Senator.”

mchristian on June 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

These people really suck!

SPGuy on June 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday’s congressional hearing was not the right venue to “go into some of the actual details” of the legislation.”

Having an utter disdain for the legislative process is one of the hallmarks of a totalitarian regime.

rbj on June 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

It will be what we say it is. J. Nap.

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