Tommy Wells on committee shuffle; Josh Gerstein on debt ceiling talks

July 19, 2011 - 01:12 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilman Tommy Wells criticized the decision by Chairman Kwame Brown to remove him from his post atop the panel’s Public Works and Transportation, and the Metro board, though he pledged to continue his push to make the District a more “livable, walkable” city. He said if his Brown’s changes were intended to punish him for his report on the Chairman’s pursuit of a “fully-loaded”, taxpayer-funded SUV – and/or his leadership role in the vote on municipal bonds – it speaks poorly of the panel. Wells said he has no regrets, nor will he step back from his pursuit of “accountability” in government.

Wells said he hopes the Council repeals legislation legalizing online gambling. And he said his committed to make the most of his new post as chairman of the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation.

Full video after the jump...

Later, Politico reporter Josh Gerstein talked about the ongoing negotiations to lift the debt ceiling.

View today’s NewsTalk interviews here:

Wednesday at 10am: Presidential scholar Allan Lichtman, Post reporter Bill Turque and DC community activist Marie Drissel


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