Updated: 2:32 p.m.
House Republicans on Wednesday filed a resolution that blasts Democrats for preventing GOP Members from sending constituents a mailing that criticizes the majority’s health care proposal.
The resolution cites the “failure of the Democratic Members of the Franking Commission to ensure that the Commission’s Democratic staff carries out its important responsibilities in a professional, fair, and impartial manner.—
The measure was tabled, 244-173, almost entirely on a party line vote. OneDemocrat — Rep. Dennis Kucinch (Ohio) — voted with Republicans to oppose tablingthe resolution. Eight Democrats and three Republicans voted “present.—
The dispute centers on a GOP chart that illustrates the organization of the Democratic health care plan with a convoluted maze of government offices and programs. Republicans are pressing to use taxpayer dollars to mail the chart to constituents, but their request continues to be reviewed by the franking commission.
“The Democrats’ plan would mean more bureaucracy, more taxes, more mandates, more government involvement in your life and fewer jobs in this struggling economy. They’re trying to restrict Members of Congress from showing it to their constituents, and that’s just wrong,— House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.
“I think the American people deserve the truth, and that’s why this resolution is important,— Boehner said.
Democrats maintain that sending out the chart as official mail would violate House rules because the information is misleading. Rules for franked mail bar Members from using taxpayer-funded mail for newsletters that use “partisan, politicized or personalized— comments to criticize legislation or policy.