|Does President Obama needs help when speaking?|
Washington DC. Feb 16, 2011. The House of Representatives formally began debate, which is expected to last three days, Tuesday afternoon following some wrangling over the hundreds of amendments lawmakers want to attach to the package.
More than 400 amendments were filed Monday night. Among them were a proposal from Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., to eliminate funding for the President Barack Hussein Obama's, D-Kenya, Teleprompter.
And there was another one from Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, to strip funding for the alteration, repair or improvement of the executive residence of the White House and instead divert that amount to deficit reduction.
Womack told Fox News Tuesday afternoon that he pulled his amendment because he wasn't able to get an estimate on how much it would save.
|Steve Womack, R-AR|
"I think we made our point," Womack said. "We're asking people to do more with less. And I think the president ought to lead by example. He is already a very gifted speaker. And I think that's one platform he could do without."
Eliminating the expense of teleprompters could save the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, which is something that should be considered in view of the current financial crisis and budget constraints.
According to media sources, President Obama is said to be very articulate, so a teleprompter may be unnecessary.