Gonzaga Debate Institute 2007
Democratic Unity DA – 1NC Shell
A. Uniqueness and Internal link-Pelosi is uniting democrats to oppose drillingFinancial Times 8 (7-28,
Stephanie Kirchgaessner, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f6284630-5c39-11dd-9e99-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has a tough task at hand before Congress begins itsAugust recess: ensuring that Democratic legislators do not return home empty-handed, without anyproof that they are taking action to tackle record petrol prices.
One Democratic proposal that wouldhave required the government to sell 70m barrels of light sweet crude oil from the Strategic PetroleumReserve failed to pass the House last week. In the meantime,
Republicans appear to be gaining traction intheir call to expand offshore drilling - putting pressure on Ms Pelosi to keep her caucus unified
,including conservative Democrats who might be tempted to side with the Republicans on that issue.
Steering the Democrats' response to the energy crisis without alienating environmentalists or thestruggling middle class could prove to be one of the biggest tests Ms Pelosi will face this year. Herrecord suggests that the speaker will respond to the challenge with astute political manoeuvring
,showing once again that, though she is labelled a "San Francisco liberal", the roots of her political educationlie in the rough and tumble world of Baltimore, where her father was mayor. Outside Washington, HillaryClinton's historic run for the White House conveyed the sense that the New York senator and former first ladywas the most powerful woman in the capital, perhaps even the world. Inside the beltway, it is no secret thatcrown belongs to Ms Pelosi. In the 20 months since she became the first female speaker of the House, a position that puts her second in the line of succession to become president, the congresswoman from SanFrancisco has proven herself to be a pragmatic and iron-fisted leader of the traditionally fractious Democraticcaucus.
Under her leadership, Democrats have backed the majority position 91 per cent of the time,the highest so-called " unity score" Democrats have achieved in 51 years.
B. Link-Subsidy cuts split the DemocratsLA Times 7 (7-25,
Lawmakers are set to debate a farm bill Thursday that would cut subsidies to wealthy farmers
, expand ahealthful snack program to all 50 states, and make an unprecedented investment in fruits and vegetables. HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has lauded it as a “first step toward reform” that would provide a safetynet for farmers, promote conservation initiatives and encourage healthful eating.
But Pelosi and theDemocratic-controlled committee that produced the bill are facing opposition from a bipartisan group of liberal Democrats and fiscally conservative Republicans
who see the legislation as a boondoggle withmisplaced priorities. They point out that the bill would funnel multibillion-dollar subsidies to crops, includingsome like corn that are bringing record prices. And that farmers who earn as much as $1 million a year wouldstill be able to collect subsidies, an income level five times higher than the Bush administration recommended.
This band of lawmakers, backed by a coalition of advocacy groups, is seeking to tip the bill’s emphasisfrom crop subsidies to conservation and nutrition. And they are promising a fight.
“American agriculturecannot afford another status quo bill concentrating more resources in the hands of those who need it least,” saidRep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).