Clarke’s Words

According to the New York Times, 42 members of Congress had part or all of their speeches about the federal health care bill written by health care lobbyists.

The story identified only a handful of those members, including Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn. She, like other Democrats, praised the bill’s job-creation potential, saying, “I see this bill as an exciting opportunity to create the kind of jobs we so desperately need in this country, while at the same time improving the lives of all Americans.”

While some of the House members cited in the story offered some sort of explanation or excuse for stating as their own position words that were written by lobbyists, Clarke didn’t. I called her office earlier today to see if they had anything to add. I never heard back.