Steny Hoyer and John Conyers just pulled a fast one on the GOP. The GOP has been refusing to support the hate crimes bill because it doesn't include members of the US Armed Forces and senior citizens. Conyers just rose and basically said, okay, I'll add them. The Republicans' response? Uh, no.Of course it was a stunt. The Republicans are good at playing games instead of doing what they were elected to do - govern.
The Republicans have been railing for days about how this legislation doesn't cover our Armed Forces and senior citizens, and now that the Dems offer to put our Armed Forces and seniors in this legislation, the Republicans said no and affirmatively stopped the Democrats from doing it anyway.
That means the Republicans had no intent on helping our Armed Forces and seniors, on protecting them. It was just a stunt. The GOP leaders in Congress just got up and used our Armed Forces and seniors as political fodder when they had no intent on actually doing anything to help our Armed Forces and seniors.
By the way, all of Michigan's Republicans rubber-stamped Bush (who said earlier today he will veto the bill) by voting no: Dave Camp, Vernon Ehlers, Peter Hoekstra, Joe Knollenberg, Thad McCotter, Candice Miller, Mike Rogers, Fred Upton, Timothy Walberg
And all of Michigan's Democrats voted yes: John Conyers, John Dingell, Dale Kildee, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Sander Levin, Bart Stupak
Update: Go to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood to read some additional background information on the bill and Mr. Rogers.