February 18, 2007

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In Majority, Democrats Run Hill Much as GOP Did (Lyndsey Layton, February 18, 2007, Washington Post)

Democrats pledged to bring courtesy to the Capitol when they assumed control of Congress last month. But from the start, the new majority used its muscle to force through its agenda in the House and sideline Republicans.

And after an initial burst of lawmaking, the Democratic juggernaut has kept on rolling.

Of nine major bills passed by the House since the 110th Congress began, Republicans have been allowed to make amendments to just one, a measure directing federal research into additives to biofuels. In the arcane world of Capitol Hill, where the majority dictates which legislation comes before the House and which dies on a shelf, the ability to offer amendments from the floor is one of the minority's few tools.

Last week, the strong-arming continued...


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2007 9:25 AM
Comments

The Rep can always filibuster the bills in the Senate. No new laws, no harm done.

Posted by: ic at February 18, 2007 3:32 PM

I guess I need a primer in what constitutes a "major bill."

Posted by: AC at February 18, 2007 3:32 PM

As in all things, a major bill is what the media says it is.

Posted by: erp at February 18, 2007 4:04 PM
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