May 17, 2007


Dems bend rules, break pledge (Patrick O'Connor, May 17, 2007, Politico)

Democrats are wielding a heavy hand on the House Rules Committee, committing many of the procedural sins for which they condemned Republicans during their 12 years in power.

So far this year, Democrats have frequently prevented Republicans from offering amendments, limited debate in the committee and, just last week, maneuvered around chamber rules to protect a $23 million project for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).

On Wednesday, Democrats suggested changing the House rules to limit the minority's right to offer motions to recommit bills back to committee -- violating a protection that has been in place since 1822.

But this was supposed to be Nirvana....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 17, 2007 9:01 PM
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