Republicans Say Franking Commission Censoring Their Communications With Constituents

The Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards or “Franking Commission” is made up of six members of the House, three from each party, who are appointed by the Speaker and oversee the content of the mailings from Congresscritters to the folks living within their districts.

So who’s leaning on the Commission to prevent Republican Congressmen from communicating with their constituents, specifically concerning this government takeover of our healthcare system being heavily pushed by Mr. Barack Obama even though the vast majority of Americans are telling him they want no part of this mess?

Nancy Pelosi? The White House? Both?

We know the Obama administration is now hell bent on stifling any dissenting discussion on this issue that will affect the lives of every one of us but are they shoving that same Chicago thug attitude down the throats of Congressional Republicans? Obama has said he will ram this government run healthcare plan through Congress on the backs of Democrats even without a single Republican vote if need be whether the citizens of this country, OUR country, want this disaster foisted upon us or not.

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) made public last week an e-mail from the Franking Commission — a bipartisan panel that oversees messages from lawmakers — asking him to change the phrase “government run” health care to “public option.”

The term was part of an audio message recorded by Carter’s staff for a town hall event on health care. The message said: “The House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan.”

The Franking Commission, which is authorized by law to oversee mail and other communications between members of Congress and their constituents that is paid for with federal funds, sent an e-mail to Carter’s staff requesting that the wording in the message be changed.

“I received the script back from the majority, and there are a couple of changes that need to be made to make it compliant,” the Franking Commission e-mail said. “In the first paragraph (answering machine message, automatic connection) change ‘House Democrats unveiled a government run health care plan’ to either ‘the house majority (sic) unveiled a public option health care plan’ or ‘Just this past week the House majority (sic) unveiled a health care plan which I believe will cost taxpayers ….’”

“Change this on both scripts and send it back to me,” the e-mail concluded.

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This is the healthcare chart that Rep. Carter spoke about in the video developed by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) that the Franking Commission refused to allow to be mailed out to his constituents.

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