Unlike most Republicans, Patrick McHenry (R-NC) believies in global warming. Strangely enough, he believes that global warming is caused by Speaker Pelosi's invisible plane!
"The question is, if we want to combat global warming, why should, as an institution, we allow one person to use a 737 for a $300,000 trans-continental flight, and that is the question I pose to the science commitee chair."
Responding to McHenry on this point was Science & Technology Commitee chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). Gordon offered to read the official White House statment regarding the Pelosi Plane, but cautioned McHenry with a quote from Barney Frank (D-MA), "Thank you for that commentary, and I think the White House has already given you the answer. If you would like me to read to you again...As I heard Barney Franks say here one time, I can read it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
But I'll be happy to read it to you again."
(Reading from Tony Snow statement:) "This is a silly story, and I think it's been unfair to the speaker. what happened in the wake of Sept. the 11th is that the department of defense, in order to protect the speaker, began offering aircraft to the speaker of the house of representatives. Did it with Representative Hastert, doing so with Speaker Pelosi. We think that it is important that the speaker of the house enjoy the same kind of security that we arranged for speaker Hastert in the wake of September the 11th. and like I said, there has been a lot of over-hype in reporting this story."
Then Barney Frank (D-MA), interjected, "I was walking by and I thought I heard someone yell, 'The plane, boss! The plane'
" he said, quoting a character from the old TV show "Fantasy Island." youtube.com
In a seperate quote, Gordon quipped, "It's silly for the party that gave us the biggest deficits in the history of the world to come here and talk about fiscal responsibility."
The Republicans offered an amendment, which the Democratic majority accepted, that would require Pelosi's flights to use alternative fuels if she flew on a 42-passenger C-40B jetliner. The amendment passed 385-23. The joke is on the Republicans, though. Everyone knows that Wonder Woman's invisible plane does not run on ordinary jet fuel. It runs on moonbeams an rainbows! youtube.com: Patrick McHenry and Barney Frank Slaps Down Patrick McHenry sfgate.com: Pelosi, Snow slam critics: 'Silly story' sfgate.com: Pelosi finds unlikely ally in flight fuss Bush spokesman calls GOP's attacks unfair Wikipedia: Wonder Woman's Invisible Plane