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Friday, December 08, 2006
House Republicans shift blame to Democrats
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Republicans fired back at incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, who accused the GOP Thursday of leaving "a mess as they go out."

"House Democrats have spent every waking moment of the past Congress obstructing any effort towards progress," said Kevin Madden, spokesman for House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "They have tried to blow up the tracks on immigration reform, tax relief, earmark reform, you name it.

Madden added, "And now in the last few days of this Congress where they have a chance to help make progress, they decide instead to abdicate their responsibilities and play the blame game. Just goes to show they're a party of zero ideas and zero action."

Madden was responding to remarks Pelosi and other Democrats made at a news conference regarding the Iraq war and unfinished legislative work.

"The war in Iraq and the Republicans in Congress are in disarray," House Speaker-designate Pelosi said. "They are going to leave a mess as they go out."

Congress is wrapping up its work this week and will finish any unresolved issues in the new year.

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